Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Illustration Friday - Theatre


I've not done any Illustration Fridays for a while. I actually did sketch one out for last week (honest guv...) but never got around to colouring it. This week's theme is theatre:

The first images I got in my head were all Shakespearean and a bit trite (Alas, poor Yorick...), so I just went for the theatrical type, doing a run-through. I've always found those coloured theatre spotlights and the odd shadows they create fascinating. I'm sure the colours I've used make no sense at all light-wise, but hey - stop nit-picking!

I'm still experimenting with media and this was done mainly in water-soluble, stabilotone pencils, which are nice and chunky, with a soft, waxy feel, almost like oil pastel. I've had a set knocking around for years, hardly used. I tightened up the rabbit with a line using a graphite stick, which is good and black, and miraculously takes on top of the sticky colour.

On the whole I'm pleased with the image, since it was another foray into pastures new, but I worry it's a bit overworked.

If you want to have a go at the Illustrations Friday topics, click here or here to see my previous submissions.

19 comments:

Coreopsis said...

I LOVE the colors in this. It looks like a great medium.

thedoodlegirl said...

Fabulous, fabulous!!

Jack Foster said...

Lynne, you are amazing! I love this illustration! I just had to check out all your other stuff. I am now an official follower. Your characters seem to have a life of their own. I'm glad you got back to IF. I have only recently started and hadn't seen any of your stuff till now. Fantastic!!!

Loni Edwards said...

I love the colors in this one! And his face, oh that is just perfect!

I used to work for an arena in college and learned (slightly) how to do the lighting and spotlighting for shows. It is a very interesting job! Too mechanical for me, but an interesting job for others! :)

Vhrsti said...

Your illustrations are perfect! I know your brilliant Public Sketchers works but today I've discovered your illustrations. As I said - perfect!

Nicola said...

Hi there, I've been following your blog for a while now and it's great to see you participate in Illustration Friday. I really like this image and the medium sounds very interesting. Great colours!!! And cute character!!!

David Conway said...

Hi Lynne

I like the illustration very much and admire your work. I’d just like to thank you for your blog as it does give picture book authors like myself an interesting insight into the world of the illustrator. I also follow cassia’s blog via yours and we share the same publishers so it was fun to read about the christmas parties I couldn’t attend. Anyway thank you and all the best for the Red House Book Award.

David Conway

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you so much guys. Much appreciated.

Great to have you on board Jack!

David - Great to hear from you. I love your work. The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster is a fabulous idea and it's wonderful to see it up for the Sheffield Award. Melanie's such a fun illustrator isn't she?So good luck to you two too (what a mouthful!)

krisztina maros said...

Lynne, it's a wonderful character again! I especially love your cat with a violin on the right :)

anna wadham said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog. I'm glad you did- your blog is great!! Love all the sketches, I'm now a follower :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynne,

Melanie is a wonderful illustrator so I am thrilled to be working with her again on another project.
I always feel very humbled to work with such talented illustrators. It’s always a joy to witness a project grow and bloom in the hands of an illustrator. The first time I experienced this I found it very emotional. So all of you wonderful illustrators keep up the good work.

All my love

David Conway

David Brueggeman said...

Great Illustration! After looking at it, i had to jump to the rest of your blog. Your children's books are absolutely amazing. So much fun and just love the energetic style and color. Thank you for the comment on my blog because it brought me back here!

Tomás Serrano said...

I like your animal character again! And your sketches are great!

Gregory Gunther said...

Amazing work. Very impressed.

Juan said...

Exquisite character! Fantastic!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you all - I'm so excited by your generous responses! Guess I'll have another go with the Stabilotone pencils...

get zapped said...

Bravo! I love the expression and the colors are awesome!

Alicia Padrón said...

Hee, hee.. he is just wonderful Lynne! I love his teeth!! :o)

justdoodleit said...

Ahahaha! What a nice expression on the fella!