Tuesday, June 29, 2010
One story illustrated so many different ways! I posted these as Inspiration for my class's homework assignment. (illustrating part of 'Little Red Riding Hood') Most images are named with the illustrator's name. Just click on it and the respectful names should come up. If not save it to your desktop to see the name if you have some where you want to know who the artist is. Sorry, it's just too many to post underneath each respective image. Maybe I will do it retroactively however.
Everyone illustrates the same part of a classical children’s story. Create at least 3 images. (but at least 1 full spread) Pay attention to:
a) The characters you use (do the character development exercise)
b) Composition (do the composition exercise if you get stuck)
c) Attention to detail. What type of line are you using for your character etc..---shows you need to employ consistency within a story / within a chosen style. Your style
*Bonus: If you want, try to illustrate the images all in a way that make the story seem very SPOOKY or SAD. But if you choose one of these you have to make all your 3 images spooky or sad. You have to use the same style and mood in ALL of the images, as if they were all part of the same book! This will help you practice consistency!
*Bonus: If you want, try to sketch out the whole story layout in a 32 page dummy book (like the one we made in class) You can get the whole story here.
Attention Students: Bring for next class:
Some things you have around the house you can bear to let go off. Like for example: Tape, newspaper, coloured paper, wire, thread, styrofoam (look in your recycling bin for stuff). If you don't find anything that inspires you just go to a dollar store and look in the craft section!
A GLUE GUN and an extension cord if you have one or some tape. Anything that's not too big and you think you could make a fun character out of. Also: Bring some of your favorite drawing tools (pens, pencils markers etc..) and your sketchbook if you have one. Or some paper you like.
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. Once she gave her a little riding hood of red velvet, which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else; so she was always called 'Little Red Riding Hood.'
One day her mother said to her: 'Come, Little Red Riding Hood, here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine; take them to your grandmother, she is ill and weak, and they will do her good. Set out before it gets hot, and when you are going, walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path, or you may fall and break the bottle, and then your grandmother will get nothing; and when you go into her room, don't forget to say, "Good morning", and don't peep into every corner before you do it.'
'I will take great care,' said Little Red Riding Hood to her mother, and gave her hand on it.
The grandmother lived out in the wood, half a league from the village, and just as Little Red Riding Hood entered the wood, a wolf met her. Red Riding Hood did not know what a wicked creature he was, and was not at all afraid of him.
'Good day, Little Red Riding Hood,' said he.
'Thank you kindly, wolf.'
'Whither away so early, Little Red Riding Hood?'
'To my grandmother's.'
'What have you got in your apron?'
'Cake and wine; yesterday was baking-day, so poor sick grandmother is to have something good, to make her stronger.'
'Where does your grandmother live, Little Red Riding Hood?'
'A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood; her house stands under the three large oak-trees, the nut-trees are just below; you surely must know it,' replied Little Red Riding Hood.
The wolf thought to himself: 'What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful - she will be better to eat than the old woman. I must act craftily, so as to catch both.'
So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red Riding Hood, and then he said: 'See, Little Red Riding Hood, how pretty the flowers are about here - why do you not look round? I believe, too, that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing; you walk gravely along as if you were going to school, while everything else out here in the wood is merry.'
Little Red Riding Hood raised her eyes, and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees, and pretty flowers growing everywhere, she thought: 'Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay; that would please her too. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time.'
So she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers. And whenever she had picked one, she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on, and ran after it, and so got deeper and deeper into the wood.
Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked at the door.
'Who is there?'
'Little Red Riding Hood,' replied the wolf. 'She is bringing cake and wine; open the door.'
'Lift the latch,' called out the grandmother, 'I am too weak, and cannot get up.'
The wolf lifted the latch, the door sprang open, and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother's bed, and devoured her. Then he put on her clothes, dressed himself in her cap, laid himself in bed and drew the curtains.
Little Red Riding Hood, however, had been running about picking flowers, and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more, she remembered her grandmother, and set out on the way to her.
She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open, and when she went into the room, she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: 'Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today, and at other times I like being with grandmother so much.' She called out: 'Good morning,' but received no answer; so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains. There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face, and looking very strange.
'Oh! grandmother,' she said, 'what big ears you have!'
'All the better to hear you with, my child,' was the reply.
'But, grandmother, what big eyes you have!' she said.
'All the better to see you with, my dear.'
'But, grandmother, what large hands you have!'
'All the better to hug you with.'
'Oh! but, grandmother, what a terrible big mouth you have!'
'All the better to eat you with!'
And scarcely had the wolf said this, than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red Riding Hood.
When the wolf had appeased his appetite, he lay down again in the bed, fell asleep and began to snore very loud.
(This part of the copyright free Brothers Grimm fairytale "Little Red Riding Hood' has been taken from eastoftheweb.com)
Something I will be covering in my class tomorrow will the topic of 'Why Children's picture books are important, and why our jobs as their illustrators/creators are important'. One example I thought would be interesting simply because of the fact that it pertains to the universally known Albert Einstein is something I came across while listening to one of my favorite podcasts called Radio Lab, this one in particular being on the subject of Time. ('Beyond Time')
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
This is Bob the Rabbit. Bob is a busy rabbit. "Bob! Where are you?" calls his Momma Rabbit. "Do you know what time it is?" says Momma Rabbit. Bob says: Is it time to follow a passing ship? Or time to stand on top of the world? Or is it time to make friends with a giant?I know! It's time to win a race. Maybe it's time to grow a mustache? Or time to use my flower-picking machine? Maybe it's time to throw some mudcakes? I think it's time to be the first pirate on the moon. Or is it time to fly across the city? Or is it time to drive a submarine? " Oh, Bob, it's just naptime," says Momma Rabbit. "That's what I was saying," says Bob, as he crawls into bed. Then he closes his eyes to dream of all the things he wants to do......and he did.
Illustration by Helme Heine from 'Na warte sagte Schwarte'
Homework for my Class: "Learn through research and example"
Take your dummy book home and sketch out a very rough layout for the story I will give you! (*or if you already have a story thought out use your own story! But I suggest you try your hand at this one I give you first anyway! Then do your own later or do both) This means you will first have to break the story down into images you want to illustrate. Employ the various Camera angels. You are the director of your movie/book. Get a feel for pacing and variation in composition…
a) From the 3 books you picked out of the library, pick one image where you really like the composition. Take one of the sketches you’ve made in your dummy book and improve it’s composition using this example of composition as inspiration! (like the 'composition cheat exercise' we did in class)
b) Develop this one image further! (use good paper --like the one I gave you at beginning of class for example)
c) Bring your storyboard dummy, and your finished illustration to class along with the book you picked your illustration example from!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
For my Illustration Class!
Here is the 'Homework' that's just for you to be done at your own pace. You don't need to bring these drawings to class, but I highly recommend you Do read and do these exercises because they are devised by the master Illustrator Quentin Blake himself.