Nov 30, 2013

Ollie and Snarz leap!

Another finished pencil-ink-watercolor.

Lost on the shoreline, Ollie and Snarz leap from a great height, risking everything for a clue to lead them home.

I worked on this painting over two nights and I'm pretty happy how it came out. I like having the partial background. I actually had the sky completely filled in behind them at one point, but found that the characters felt better silhouetted against white.

I feel I've been pretty consistent in how I've been drawing Ollie and Snarz lately, having settled on the basics of her outfit and gear. Two-tone blues for tank-top and skirt. gladiator sandals, backpack, hair in braided dreads with thread and beads woven in, and her bandolier of cinderblocks.

To find out what she's doing with the line she'd just let go of you'll have to read the book.

Nov 29, 2013

New illustration

Start of a new illustration. Here Ollie is jumping down from a great height while holding Snarz.

Nov 23, 2013

Under a piece of bark

Ollie and Snarz take refuge from the exposed beach. They shelter under a piece of curved bark washed up by the tide. Waiting for them is a purple shore crab lurking under a ribbon of seaweed.

Nov 20, 2013

speed painting

This was a quick exercise to see what I could achieve from start to finish in 30 minutes.

Nov 13, 2013

Pencil, ink, and watercolors

I think I've found what I'm going to use for a final look. Pencil base to rough in the forms, sketchy inked lines to sharpen everything up and then the watercolor I've been practicing with to bring in the lighting and color.

I'm satisfied with this result. If the environment isn't a focal point I kind of like the simple splotch of color for sky, it lets the characters keep your attention.

I'm also happy with the scratchy ink lines crisscrossing Snarz the crab. Gives him a slightly weathered look and makes it clear he's made of harder material.

Nov 3, 2013


I'm getting excellent notes from my beta readers! It will take a while to correct all the issues in the story but it will be much stronger with these fixes.

In addition to editing the manuscript I'm still working on art. Here is a quick painting of Ollie about to set free a contraption. The contraption is the three legged little robot she's about to put down. It's made out of the blocks she's usually wearing over her shoulder.