Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How I develop my character for illustration

How do I create characters for my illustrations?

First, I get inspired in creating a character for my illustrations through either personal acquaintance or relationship.
In this case, a little girl named Rose came over with her parents to spend the day with us last Friday. Rose is an adorable girl adopted from China by Jan and Jon.


Below are some sketches I made from a scene in the playground with Rose:





Next, I traced the whole sketch to a watercolor paper on a light box and started painting in watercolor.

Below is the work in progress entitled " A Day in the Playground with Rose".

TO BE CONTINUED.... watch out for the finished painting!!

9 comments:

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Oh this is soooooooo delightful! I love when my fellow illustrators share there work and sketches. It is so inspiring and this is delicious!!! I love the characters. Excellent! I really like this!

Caroline said...

Interesting to see your process! Thanks for visiting my blog and leading me to yours! I'll be back to look at more later - your Bali illustrations are very appealing - very tropical - just like here in Malaysia of course!

Ces said...

Yes! I love learning how artists create their work. I also agree that creating art is so much more fulfilling when the artist relates to the subject, one can be technical but art that exudes emotions were created with feelings.

Vhrsti said...

Really great to see your process and read your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

josh pincus is crying said...

After a visit to my blog, one can only imagine my inspiration.

Nice work MMD.

Kelly Medina said...

This is so sweet and I love all the details going on in the background. Well done!

Jack Foster said...

Hey Maria! How have you been! Very nice work. I love Rose! What a wonderful character. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your creative process.

thedoodlegirl said...

Oh wow! It's so fun to see this! What a wonderful illustration as well. So full of energy, color and detail!

pi-nanay-ni-noah said...

i love seeing the evolution of your characters and how you bring them to life via your illustrations!

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