The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Grandma

By heather at 3:42 pm on Wednesday, August 8, 2007

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Thought I’d post a few more scans of the work in progress for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants. I really enjoyed working on the portrait of the Grandma in the story yesterday… I worked in mid-tones right off the bat this time (rather than from working from dark to light or visa-versa) and that speed up the process quite a bit.

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childrens book illustrations boys bath

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Good-bye, Baby Max | Has Gone to Print!

By heather at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, August 7, 2007

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After the detailed process of revising and tweaking the layout of Diane Cantrell’s “Good-bye, Baby Max,” it has officially been sent off to the printer! This is the finished front cover… it was a bit of a challenge as the illustration used for the cover (below) had to be chopped in half, and the right & left sides swapped so that the right side of the original illustration would show on the back cover. Tricky stuff! I also moved Mrs. B to the front cover with Photoshop. The rug was also a later addition to the illustration, painted seperately, then scanned and added in with Photoshop.

It was such a valuable experience working with the the team at Bridgeway Books on the cover & interior design of the story to complement the illustrations. I set up the print-ready files for the book jacket, cover, endpages & interior with Adobe InDesign CS2. For a sneak peak at the inside illustrations, check out this previous post! (Read on …)

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Purple Ribbons | Available online!

By heather at 10:31 pm on Monday, August 6, 2007

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“Purple Ribbons,” written by Cristina Guarneri and illustrated by yours truly, is now available online!!! The story is about a little bunny whose father is a doctor for the military and has to go away for long periods of time. It’s about her dealing with him being away, and coming to accept & appreciate the giving nature of his job in wanting to help people.

If you’d like to see the process of illustrating this story, check out these previous posts :

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Georgian Bay Information Signs Are Installed!

By heather at 1:00 am on Saturday, August 4, 2007

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Today I was delighted to receive some digital shots of the installed signs I illustrated & designed for Parks Canada this past the spring… they can be seen at Georgian Bay Island National Park, providing visitors on information about the natural beaches, their wildlife, and how to protect them. These are two of the four signs I illustrated & designed for the park.

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georgian bay parks canada sign boardwalk

georgian bay parks canada sign boardwalk

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Understanding ACMI Artist Materials Seals & Toxicity Labels

By heather at 1:00 am on Friday, August 3, 2007

My awareness & concern for non-toxic art materials has been rekindled… I’ve often noticed the AP labels on my paints and art supplies, but not really bothered to find out what they mean. So here’s a quick 101 on deciphering the safety of your artist materials… (Read on …)

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Doggy Brown

By heather at 6:10 pm on Thursday, August 2, 2007

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The acrylic illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants, are getting closer to finished! I’m finding that illustrating “one thing” through the whole story… like their pup ‘Doggy Brown’… seems to help keep the colours consistent throughout.

I’ve been using Reeves acrylics so far, but find that they dry too quickly to be able to blend smoothly the skin tones, so I’m trying out some new acrylics called Atelier Interractive (which have the A.P. Non-toxic seal, read more about deciphering art supply health labels on the next post ), they can be reconstituted with water for about 24 hours… and they are such a help with working with skin tones that need to be smooth, they make blending a dream. They dry with a matte finish as well, which doesn’t leave that plasticy shiny finish the other acrylics do.

Probably because I’m still getting used to them I still find I prefer painting with oils, but with being preggers I want to avoid sitting in a room of fumey oil paints & thinners … and since it’s a little too cold to paint outside while we’re still in the middle of winter here in Adelaide, I’m going to stretch myself and illustrate the entire story from here on in acrylic.

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childrens book illustration progress boys dogs

childrens book illustration progress boys dogs

© Heather Castles / Elizabeth Austin

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Screamin’ Beans

By heather at 9:19 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Ok, this flash game has taken a special place in my heart that no other flash game has done before. Screamin’ Beans was the highlight of my day! Firstly because the game revolves around my favourite food… beans. And secondly, because you get to squish things stuff with a giant finger. I’ve never loved beans more than I do now. Thank you Simon!

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