|Lunch Interrupted- 19" x 11"- Oil on board by Greg Newbold|
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
|Water Break- 32" x 24"- Oil on canvas; 2014 by Greg Newbold|
Monday, February 24, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This type of planning made the execution of this project go much faster and only really observant kids (and adults for that matter) will ever notice that some of the elements repeat. Although this example is the most obvious repeat, it made total sense in the context of the book, so I was okay with it.
It's tempting to mine your digital archives for things that might speed up a project, but whenever I do reuse elements, I try to disguise them as much as possible. This includes, cropping, changing colors, flopping, rotating and more to make the old element new and to integrate it into the new piece. I only do this when I am either, short of time, short on budget, or both, but it's one more trick that can be helpful if not abused. Don't get sucked into the habit of constantly using shortcuts though, or your art will suffer. There's still no substitute for good drawing and original thinking.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
color version is about halfway finished and I will post it sometime next week when it is finished.
Sugar Bean Sisters thumbnail sketches
Friday, February 7, 2014
Working digitally makes what used to be nightmare changes in the old days very simple. I just created the different elements on separate layers and turned off the bird layer for the cover. The rainstorm in the background was also created on a different layer which made it very easy to "paint behind" all the other elements without disturbing anything and without having to paint around all the details.
See Butterfly Book paintings 1 and 2 here