Figuring out how to illustrate a children’s book

Since I’m still at the beginning of what people call art career, everything I do is also new and often a first for me. That basically means that I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m excited to figure it out.

Illustrating children’s books has been on my mind for a few years now. So, what I’m doing is illustrating an already illustrated book. With the help from my sister, I’ve borrowed the text from my nephew’s favourite book, without looking at the illustrations. I am going to create new illustrations based on the story.

When I’m finished I can compare my illustrations with the published illustrator’s artwork.

So far, I have completed one out of nine images and I have already discovered some new challenges. Like choosing a colour palette that works for the entire story based on the text. Deciding on what illustration style I want to use and how storytelling works.

If you are reading this and have any tips for me, please comment below or drop me an email. I would love to hear from you.

KEEP CALM and paint a self-portrait

Do you ever lose your way in life? I do. All the time!

Usually, I find myself sooner or later, in art. Not always by painting but by doing something creative. Art helps me figure out who I am, but never allows me to be that for very long. Suddenly I am lost again. Searching for answers again. Being frustrated and confused, again! If I didn’t know any better I’d say art likes to play games with me.

But that is life, right?

When I am lost and I have no idea what caused it, I like to paint self-portraits. There is no better way to get to know yourself again than to study every detail of yourself in a mirror or from a photograph. It also calms me down and gets rid of some of the frustration.

I am also the most accessible model I know. I’m here whenever I need me.
PS. If you would like to model for a portrait, send me an email 🙂