Tartan Meets the Queen | Buckingham Palace

By heather at 2:15 am on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

buckinghama palace illustration victoria statue

One down, one to go! Here’s the latest illustration for Charline & Lauren’s storybook, “Tartan Meets the Queen.” The illustrations for this book are all done in regular old pencil (below), then I give them a tint of colour in Photoshop (above.)

This is the first children’s book I’ve had a chance to illustrate since I joined In The Picture, a project aimed to encourage illustrators, authors & publishers to include disabled children in their books for young readers. I’ve incorporated one little girl in a funky wheelchair in this illustration as my first contribution to In The Picture. (Read on …)

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Bonkers Orphan Works Act of 2008

By heather at 5:27 am on Tuesday, May 27, 2008

At first I was horrified to read this post on Drawn! about the Orphan Works Act and the adverse affects it could have on protecting illustration copyrights. But then I started reading some of the responses to said post, and came across Dan Heller’s writeup  which served me up some humble pie, as I realized I had taken on this doom & gloom perspective on the act without actually reading it myself! So I recommend to other illustrators out there who have heard of this act and have had a similar lump-in-your-throat reaction to it that I did… have a read of the actual act, or Dan’s dissection of it, then make up your mind! As for me, I don’t feel so worried about it… I’ll just keep making sure my work has my name on it, and do what I can to not make it easy for people to steal my images online or otherwise.

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Palace Garden

By heather at 10:41 pm on Monday, May 19, 2008

One more illustration down, two to go before “Tartan Meets the Queen” is complete! I’ve saved the most detailed for last… an illustration of Buckingham Palace, and another of several of the interior rooms. Will enjoy drawing all the royal bling in those! (Read on …)

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Pointy Shoes

By heather at 4:41 pm on Friday, May 9, 2008

With only 3 illustrations left, the finish line is in sight for Charline & Lauren’s story, “Tartan Meets the Queen!” Here’s one of the most recent illustrations completed, I’m hoping to have the rest done in the next few weeks (depending on how long my baby Hera naps each day to let me draw!)
To see other posts on “Tartan Meets the Queen,” check out :

“Tartan Meets the Queen” © Charline Crous & Lauren Everton, Illustrations © Heather Castles

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Top 10 Illustrations by Heather Castles

By heather at 5:59 pm on Thursday, May 8, 2008

Well after a little navel gazing, I’ve updated my Top 10 Illustrations list…

Tom Krause |”The Little Boy’s Smile” children’s book illustrations

(Read on …)

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