The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Varnish and Underpainting

By heather at 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 27, 2007

acrylic painting

I took a couple snaps today and yesterday of my work in progress for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants. The finals for this are to be in oils, and I tried a different set up this time. Instead of redrawing my sketches onto the illustration board (which takes a few hours,) I made copies of my sketches, printed them out, and glued them down onto the cold press illustration board. Then I painted a coat of polyeurathane to seal them. When working with oils on paper, the oil paint can over time eat away at the illustrations, so sealing them and then painting with acrylic for the underpainting keeps the oil paint from the paper and keeps the artwork from deteriorating.
acrylic painting

Then I’ve gone over and painted in big blocks of colour with acrylic for the underpainting… feels like a really bad colour by number! But don’t fear… the more garish & crazy it looks at this stage, the better it will look in the end!

acrylic painting

These colours are REALLY bright right now, because when I paint over with the oils the more toned down shades, I’ll leave those bits of bright colour peaking through at parts. It’s easier to start bright and dull back, rather than the other way around. It looks a bit messy at the moment, but it will add lovely texture to the illustrations.

acrylic painting

© Heather Castles

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Sketches

By heather at 7:25 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2007

stinky underpants sketch

Here are the final sketches for Elizabeth Austin’s children’s book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants. I’m pretty excited about starting the final illustrations on these, as the story is pretty fun, and Elizabeth was great to work with having a lot of cute suggestions for the illustrations along thee way as well. The final illustrations are going to be in oil over an acrylic underpainting on illustration board…should be fun! I’ll post again once I’ve got the underpainting done.

stinky underpants sketch

stinky underpants sketch

stinky underpants sketch (Read on …)

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Potty Training | Sketch

By heather at 12:35 am on Friday, April 13, 2007

stinky underpants bathroom

I’m having a lot of fun working on the sketches for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants, a story about a little boy who, with the help of his big brother and the rest of his family, learns how to use the potty.

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