This is my journey in creating concepts, writing, illustrating, finding a literary agent, and becoming a published children's book author and illustrator for the picture book genre.

Friday, August 29, 2014

a new type of illustration for me...

Illustrating allows a freedom of media and technique. There are rules that must be adhered to, but the freedoms of children's illustration are vast and differ by personality. I have recently found another form of illustration that brings a smile to my face and a spring to my step. I recently visited the Toledo Zoo with my children and brought our camera with us. I took over a hundred pictures of many scenes. As I looked at those photographs, I challenged myself to illustrate them. Could I create a mini story by use of editing? Well, you tell me. What do you think of these photographic illustrations. Do you see a story or maybe a character that is story worthy?

The curious Meerkat

The primates were so inspiring. When you go to a zoo, you don't really expect the animals to interact with you. Well, the primates were full of interaction. The above photograph was the silverback, Kwisha. He was leaning up against the wall, staring at his mate who was hiding behind the rock across the enclosure. It was a warm and humid day at the Toledo zoo. Kwisha had a majestic presence. I brought out the camera and snapped a couple of pictures. He noticed me and looked at me. This picture was the result of the interaction. 

These two were taken in the polar exhibit are. The brother bears were rough housing as mom watched from beyond the exhibit cliffs. The boys sure put on a show for us. The penguins were quite social, but I swear they were going to break out in song at any minute :)

It is amazing what you can do with an editing program and the right picture. I have many more and will try to post them on my blog. I tend to update my FB page more often. Please look over there, too.

I am still working on my pay it forward project. I must admit, my kidlet hawks are mighty cute! I hope to have spot art ready for internet posting in the next day or so!
As always, aspiring and achieving illustrator/ author dreams!

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