Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Getting the Foundations Right...


Do you remember me telling you about doing a filmed interview in the studio? Well, I thought you might like to see the first one, about the business of setting about illustrating a children's book: how I plan the illustrations, how I create characters, and the benefits of inventing a side-kick for the hero.

It lasts 5 minutes:




See the rest of the films here.

22 comments:

Croom said...

I did enjoy that video Lynne, I found it very interesting and cannot wait to see the next three. I will keep a watch out for them.
Tina Spain

Candace Trew Camling said...

I loved watching this. It was nice to hear your honest and straightforward approach. Thanks for sharing this on your blog! Can't wait to watch the rest.

Doug said...

So fun to watch. Love that accent! : )

Caroline said...

Really interesting video - thanks!

Tomás Serrano said...

A wonderful lesson!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you everyone - glad you enjoyed it. Big thanks to Mark Lomas and Jane Horton from Open College of the Arts, who did such a great job.

It's really weird seeing yourself though and even worse hearing yourself (yes Doug: that accent!!).

Jon Davis said...

Very very interesting, indeed. Thanks so much for posting this.
Lots and lots of really useful things in there that I will try and remember to bear in mind.
I am really looking forward to the next ones :)

Katie W said...

This is so useful for an aspiring illustrator like what I am! Ta for sharing ;)

Nikira said...

Thank you so much for video, incredible. Very interesting information and pleasure to hear you. I love the process of creating a hero. I wish you can make videos every day about your work and your thoughts.

Julia Jarman said...

Utterly fascinating, Lynne. Can't wait to do another book together. Now I know why I feel so confident when you're illustrating one of my books. All that research plus your amazing imagination plus skill.
Wow!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you Julia - it's lovely to work with your wonderful stories too. Your texts are always so visual and so alive, they make it easy!

Katie W said...

As a matter of interest, Lynne. Once you have your line roughs finished, do you re-draw everything for the colour work or use a light box or something else. Thanks again for sharing!

Lynne Chapman said...

Aha - good question! I use a lightbox. I talk all about it here:

http://lynnechapman.blogspot.com/2009/08/achy-breaky-feet.html

Katie W said...

Thanks once again Lynne. That is a tedious task indeed but the results are well worth it ;)

Debra Cooper said...

Lynne, I really enjoyed that. I love it when I come across something that relights the fire. Your children's books are amazing and your sketchbook images are fascinating. I look forward to the next segment!

Tami Traylor said...

Lynne,
That was a very informative video, I can't wait to see the rest of them. I really enjoyed your comments on how you often give your heroes sidekicks. I never really thought of that but it makes perfect sense. It was also neat to see and hear you in action - to get the whole picture. Wow, you have lovely ambient lighting in your studio. Thanks for sharing.

Gaia Marfurt said...

Thank you! It was really interesting!
:)
Gaia

Swan Artworks said...

Great video Lynne! You can't imagine how reassuring it is to hear that even professionals such as yourself can still have trouble getting started on a project or character...!
Thanks for such a great honest insight... I'll look forward to watching the next ones...
Carrie...

Ria Mendoza said...

lovely! thanks for sharing it. picked up tons already! :)

Sally said...

Thanks for this, I enjoyed watching it (and so did my cat!) I look forward to the next installment.

Doda said...

Hi Lynne, it's been an absolute age since I've been on your blog. Life has been rather crazy, but anyhoo, I just saw the first video and am looking forward to watching the others. So interesting to watch, thanks for posting this. :-)

CC said...

I never tire of hearing other illustrators
talk about the how, why, what, where and whens. Very reassuring and well explained.
Now on to the next one.