Creative content defines who we are – whether it’s a song, a book, poem, painting or other work – in celebration of Australian creators – I’d like to share two Australian books
Today, photos of two pencil drawings. Each with a different purpose – each a step towards print ready, finished art for a children’s literature poem – at different stages of my illustration process. The first photograph depicts a thumbnail sketch – combining layout and my initial spark of a visual idea. Here I’m focussing on the position of elements – the illustrative content and the text for a single page layout – both are intertwined. For the illustrations on the page, I’m focussing on characters and what they are doing – suggesting facial expressions – and any other important visual items. Often, I’ll highlight what I consider important elements with clarifying arrows and notes, because my ideas sketches are quick – mostly a reminder to myself – simply getting the idea down on paper. The second photograph also depicts the child from the thumbnail sketch in the first photo. Design and position on the paper are not important – here I’m focussing on rendering the child and reliant on reference pictures I have in my own photographic library. I shoot a lot of photos – subjects, people, animals, landscapes, …
I think a common thread – with illustration – is a focus on, or intent to communicate beyond the literal – to add level of meaning.
If an illustration is more than a mirror of what is already in the text
The term illustration is used a lot. And it can mean different things to different people – across the spectrum of visual arts. So what is an illustration?
Her face is lit with wonder and the aura of light from three flames, three candles. An illustrative effect achieved by
The Eucalypts – shedding their winter coats – are a contrast to evergreen gardens in classic Wonderland illustrations. Yet here we meet the white rabbit from my denim jacket, again ready to accompany me on a Spring walk in the Australian bush. With rabbit in one hand and an eye to my camera lens I am mindful – shrinking or growing in size. Comparison between tiny and tall -telescoping my viewpoint from delicate wildflowers… …to a pair of cockatoos high in the canopy branches. I hear their echoing cries. Mindful of the moment, the living detail of colour, of light – often passed by with intent on the activity of walking. ©Annmarie Scott 2016 Related reading – Previous white rabbit post The white rabbit brooch in this Spring adventure, may be found at PaperCloudSky
An illustration, may be more than a visual feast – when devoured with the words of a story. In this case Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll offers hints and clues – visual cues, that lead to insights and new interpretations. Read me! Between the pages of a book, where it is always time for tea – who is holding the key to this tropical wonderland feast? ©Annmarie Scott, 2016. Read more about the illustrated Alice print (pictured above) here. And view more of my illustrations here.
On a cold day, a long way from home, we’d found an enticing shopfront window. With its secondhand collection arranged on an oak sideboard – books – there and nestled beside, in the arms of a large comfy chair. The children peered over the sill, pointing to a chalkboard behind, offering oatcake and hot tea. But I’d noticed Roald Dahl – sitting apart, there on the chair with the other books. The door bell jangled as we entered. Then before the turn of a page, we were seated in the window nook, just behind the sideboard – with a perfect view of the street, oatcake, tea and our imperfect copy of ‘The BFG’. Someone else’s Santa sticker embellished the inside cover and two pounds-fifty had been penned at the top of the first page, but neither mattered. My other half began reading that story aloud to the kids – there and then, until whispers, smiles and giggles bundled us back out onto the street. That book has been read many times since, along with our other favourite Roald Dahl tales – and always …
Today there’s a rabbit in my cup – and life appears to be imitating art.
My ink sketch of a white rabbit – introduced in a post last week – is now pictured here, on a brooch, pinned to the pocket of my cropped denim jacket. How, you might ask? Some characters simply have a way of assuming a life of their own – they won’t stay down the rabbit hole, between the pages of a book! And this fellow, with his quizzical eyebrows, is no different. Originally hand painted with brush & ink, he’s been digitally scanned and designed by me for fabric printing on organic cotton with a lovely soft sheen; sewn on the sewing machine given to me by my Gran; hand embroidered with sky blue cotton; stuffed with a wisp of pillow stuffing, and lastly had a pin secured with thread to his back. So he’s been through a bit of adventure already – and will no doubt be stepping out in Spring with the denim jacket or a sky-blue cardy! ©Annmarie Scott, 2016