Print available here!
Hey guys! Sorry I’ve not posted anything in a long time. I’ve been working on a lot of projects lately and haven’t had the time to work on personal stuff. I’m determined to be more prolific in the new year!
Also, lots of people have been asking me what’s happening with Theodore Tea. Sadly, I have decided not to go any further with it. I started the illustrations last January, and after six months it became clear that the book just wasn’t working for a number of reasons. Basically, I wanted it to be a cautionary tale about believing in doomsday predictions, but due to various ambiguities, it could just as easily be interpreted as climate change denial (which is the opposite of the message I wanted).
It was a difficult decision to make, because it sort of felt like I was throwing away six months of work. But, I learnt a huge amount from the process, and I have a new book project planned for next year.
Getting composition and ornamentation to work is mostly trial and error. Try to make loose, gestural pencil strokes, and if a particular idea doesn’t look right, erase it and try something different. Sometimes it will take me several hours of sketching to get something to look balanced. You just need to be patient.
I sometimes use nibs, but I much prefer using a brush (Raphael 8404 #2 is my favourite at the moment.) I wouldn’t suggest using anything smaller than a #2.
Of course, the best advice is to experiment and find out what suits you best!
Taken with Instagram
(I made an Instagram account the other day. Follow me if you like.)
Maurice Sendak On Death (And Life).