The other day I was looking at the illustrations in my ‘animal series’ (you know, the fox, the bear, the giraffe, etc.) and I couldn’t help thinking that despite the fact that I liked them the bear and the elephant didn’t seem to fit completely in the family. A few days later I met with an illustrator friend and she told me that she felt the same way about them.
I didn’t need to think any further and went back to work to see how I could make them fit in the family.
Here is the before/after result. Which versions do you prefer?
I don’t know if it’s because I was having a ‘special relationship’ with my nose yesterday (for those of you who didn’t see yesterday’s post, I’ve got a cold – it is getting better now though) but I started drawing elephants.
There are less sketches on a page because elephants are bigger than foxes (see my post entitled ‘Fox Frenzy‘). I had to switch to a different, bigger sketchbook.
As you can see I did my usual thing of looking at a version of the subject that I like (here Elmer the elephant – top of the first page), sketching from the photo of a real subject and finally developing my own version.