|One of my favorite dragon books|
And I've seen this technique used in other books, art, and even on a blogsite. Nora McPhail (www.noramacphail.blogspot.com) seems to use it. She does some wonderful watercolors. My favorites are the people scenes and there's one of a bike in the snow outside the library...
This is another of my favorites. It's called "The Library" and it's about someone who loves and collects books. I'm going to show you a few pages of the illustrations. I absolutely love them. You can see the details in the pages better if you click on them to make them larger...
and then there's "The Money Tree" same author, same Illustrator
|Isn't this wonderful?|
Sorry to go on and on, but I just love these pictures. I try to use this technique when I watercolor... which isn't very often (it's only when the muse comes visiting).
Here's a few of my 'attempts': First two are just sketches I made of pages from books...
and some random watercolors :
|done on a silent retreat...|
|copying an illustration in a children's book...|
Enough of this. Hope I haven't bored you.
Have a great weekend!
I wish I could write childrens books but it is a talent ...as is the illustrating. I love your sketches ...and that last watercolour is impressive ...have a great weekend. xxReplyDelete
Thanks, Angie. It's not always the outcome... but the process that is so enjoyable.Delete
Oh, I think your own watercolours are wonderful!ReplyDelete
The books look delightful. I'm not familiar with any of them--though of course remember a few favourites from my own childhood. There was one version of Cinderella, a small hardcover edition, that had the most glorious illustrations, particularly of her dresses. I still remember them, though the images have become a bit fuzzy in my mind. I wish I still had the book, though.
These are not books that are classics, so you wouldn't remember them. I chose them for their illustrations, but the stories are good too. My favorite book growing up was "The Velveteen Rabbit". If I had to choose one now, it would probably be "The Giving Tree".Delete
A great post! I love illustrations from children's books.
I'm so glad. Sometimes sharing things we like 'bores' others. However, if you are like me, I'm not easily bored. Too many interesting things out there.Delete
Oh, I have NOT been bored. I studied all the pictures carefully, and I must say I enjoyed your beautiful drawings as much as the others. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I am truly blessed to be reading and seeing all this, Rian. :-)ReplyDelete
DJan, you are kind. But I really am glad that you enjoyed the illustrations and drawings. Just looking at some of those illustrations make me smile. If they can make someone else smile, then I'm happy.Delete
Children's books ~~~ Illustrations ~~~ Water colors ~~~ BORED me?!?!? Are you kidding? I LOVE all those topics.ReplyDelete
And I love that flowing kind of water coloring too.
And I must get my hands on that book "The Library"!!!!! :-))))))))
Please keep doing these kinds of posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
I picked up "The Library" when I was working at Barnes and Noble part-time. Thought you would like it, Auntie.Delete
Yes, I like the illustrations also. They look so simple and effortless, but of course are not.ReplyDelete
I believe that technique is called Line and Wash.
Your sketches are quite good.
"Line and wash"... sounds good to me. Thanks for the info!Delete
You are a multitalented woman. I loved seeing your art and your inspiration. I am planning to go to an art show tomorrow. My neighbor has a number of her watercolors on exhibit.ReplyDelete
Please take some pictures of her watercolor... if it's allowed. I'd love to see it.Delete
I also love to look at children's book illustrations....your sketches are really good....show us more?ReplyDelete
You are very talented! I could see you illustrating a chidren's book.ReplyDelete
I also enjoy the watercolor faded look in some illustrations...love the books!!!
Just popped by to say I dont mind how many questions you ask ...we do seem to live where our foods and measures are so very different.ReplyDelete
I believe they are the same ...I have seen them discribed as golden raisins but I dont think it would matter whether you used sultanas or raisins as long as they are soaked. Hope you can convert the measures OK and it works for you. xx