The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | My copies arrived!

By heather at 6:45 pm on Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Eeeeee, my copies of The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants arrived in the post this week! I’m very pleased with the colours and how they turned out so close to the original illustrations. The book is available online and some of the illustrations from inside can be seen here.

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Available online!

By heather at 3:29 am on Saturday, November 8, 2008

brotherhood of the stinky underpants chidrens book potty toilet trainingWooo, so exciting! The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants, which I illustrated last year for Elizabeth Austin, is now available online! I haven’t even seen it in person yet, can’t wait! You can peak at the illustrations within here.

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants

By heather at 1:15 am on Friday, September 14, 2007

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I’ve just finished the illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants! Once the illustrations have been reviewed and any minor changes have been made, I’ll go into Photoshop and colour correct the high-res illustrations so the type is easier to read in areas before sending the print-ready files to the publisher.

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children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

children's book potty training boys underpants

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | A few more…

By heather at 2:04 am on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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Ah, I’m really enjoying painting this last stretch for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants… it’s all faces, and I’m one of those who subconsciously makes the same faces as the characters while I’m illustrating… a bad sign when the story’s about potty training! These still need some small tweaks to them, but are pretty close to done.

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potty training children's book boys

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | A few more almost finished…

By heather at 2:25 am on Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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Thought I’d post these three illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants… they’re about 95% finished, just some minor stuff to fix up.† Feel free to comment if you have any suggestions for me, now’s the time!!!

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children's book illustrations potty training boys

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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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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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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Acrylic painting stage 2

By heather at 6:08 pm on Monday, July 23, 2007

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The illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants, are well on their way! Since the last time I posted, I’ve mainly focused on revising the colours to get them just right, I think the overall palette for the story is working really well now. The last couple days I’ve painted predominantly with white acrylic to start pulling out the details and establishing the brightest whites on the pages. Next up is basically tightening up the the backgrounds & static objects…

childrens book illustrations potty training boys brothers

childrens book illustrations potty training boys brothers

childrens book illustrations potty training boys brothers

childrens book illustrations potty training boys brothers

childrens book illustrations potty training boys brothers

childrens book illustrations potty training boys brothers

© Heather Castles / Elizabeth Badowski

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Underpainting …8 hours later

By heather at 7:34 pm on Thursday, June 7, 2007

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Yesterday I worked for eight hours straight on these illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants. I was really surprised with how quickly they came together since the last sitting… I think the reason for the huge increase in speed is I’ve warmed up and got used to the acrylics again, as well as I focused entirely on the backgrounds. My ‘plan’ is to get the backgrounds & bodies just right, and save the portraits & skin tones to the end and take my time on those.

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

(Read on …)

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Underpainting 2

By heather at 7:15 pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2007

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Things are ticking along with the illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants.† I’m still in the acrylic underpainting stage… the illustration above is on its second sitting, so things are moving along well in acrylic. In this second stage of the acrylic underpainting, I’m focusing more on tightening up the details and getting everything looking “right.” The illustration in places is a little flat, but that’s because I’m going to add the ‘light’ in oils at the very end once everything is looking right in the acrylic first.

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