Book rec time!

Have you always wanted to buy Australian picture books, but never known where to start? Of course you have. What? That’s a thing lots of people want, right?

1. Rose meets Mr Wintergarten by Bob Graham (one of Australia’s most loved children’s illustrator/authors and with good reason) is about friendship and kindness and bravery and small good things. Published 1992, and yes, I grew up with this one.

2. The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan (who you may know from Tomorrow When the War Began and The Lost Thing respectively, although they’ve made lots of cool stuff so who knows why you might have heard of them.) It’s not necessarily a book for children, though it’s also not not for children. It’s a metaphorical retelling of the European invasion of Australia (though definitely applies elsewhere). The front cover is inspired by this piece, and all the art is superb and beautiful. Published 1998.

3. The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke (who you should definitely all read. Try: The Hate Race (autobiographical) or Foreign Soil (short stories)) and Van T Rudd (who is a graffiti artist, activist and, incidentally, Kevin Rudd’s nephew). It’s a sweet story about being a kid and having fun and it has really nice writing that feels like it’d be good to read aloud and the artwork is so textural you wanna reach out and touch it. Published 2016 and I have only just bought a copy and it arrived this morning and that’s why I’m making this post.

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Day 1.

This week (maybe all of this month, who knows) I’m going to be focussing on character continuity. Ideally some of these would be more fully rendered, but this’ll do as a beginning. 

Goal: be able to create a character and then draw them with any expression from any angle so that they’re easily recognisable. 

Today: I actually started by spending a lot of time drawing from reference photos this morning, and analysing my own previous work to find strengths and weaknesses. After that I just started sketching and I liked this kid’s first face so I tried to draw him 4 more times. I had trouble trying to keep him the same age, I feel like I’ve made him a couple different ages here, but mostly this felt like a good start.

Today: Well I spent a lot of time drawing from reference again today. And then I spent a lot of time distracted by researching African American illustrators (and then falling into the archives of Sean Qualls and Frank Morrison). All this to say… there are only two pictures. I did actually sketch another 3 but they were all disastrous and didn’t look like her at all. We continue.

Today: I have other things I need to get done today, so I did this early and quickly(ish). Anyway, I seem to be making a troupe of… 12 year olds? That’s the age I’m kinda aiming at, and maybe I’m getting ball park. We live and learn.

sylvia-morris:

Day 1.

This week (maybe all of this month, who knows) I’m going to be focussing on character continuity. Ideally some of these would be more fully rendered, but this’ll do as a beginning. 

Goal: be able to create a character and then draw them with any expression from any angle so that they’re easily recognisable. 

Today: I actually started by spending a lot of time drawing from reference photos this morning, and analysing my own previous work to find strengths and weaknesses. After that I just started sketching and I liked this kid’s first face so I tried to draw him 4 more times. I had trouble trying to keep him the same age, I feel like I’ve made him a couple different ages here, but mostly this felt like a good start.

Today: Well I spent a lot of time drawing from reference again today. And then I spent a lot of time distracted by researching African American illustrators (and then falling into the archives of Sean Qualls and Frank Morrison). All this to say… there are only two pictures. I did actually sketch another 3 but they were all disastrous and didn’t look like her at all. We continue.

Day 1.

This week (maybe all of this month, who knows) I’m going to be focussing on character continuity. Ideally some of these would be more fully rendered, but this’ll do as a beginning. 

Goal: be able to create a character and then draw them with any expression from any angle so that they’re easily recognisable. 

Today: I actually started by spending a lot of time drawing from reference photos this morning, and analysing my own previous work to find strengths and weaknesses. After that I just started sketching and I liked this kid’s first face so I tried to draw him 4 more times. I had trouble trying to keep him the same age, I feel like I’ve made him a couple different ages here, but mostly this felt like a good start.