August 12, 2019

SVS Featured student for September

I owe a lot of my growth over the past year to the wonderful teachers and support team over at SVS (Society of Visual Storytelling). I have had a subscription to their online classes since last October and their content is top notch. If you are trying to up your illustration game I highly recommend checking them out! I was lucky enough to receive a feature on their website. My work has been added to the student gallery and they conducted a short interview with me. I'd love for you to check it out!

If you liked this story, here's some more stuff to read:

American Folktales Process Blog

This is a series of illustrations I created based on the Folktale Week prompt list put out in November of 2018. The idea was to create and post one illustration based on a folktale every day for a week. Instead of picturing the more popular European folk and fairytales, I wanted to make pieces based on North American folktales. In American folktales, subjects are rugged and wild; cowboys, lumberjacks, pirates, and outlaws. At the time the Americas were being settled, the world had a very negative association with witches and magic. Because of this you see much less of a focus on witches and spells. Instead, American folk tales portray people with larger than life personalities and great senses of adventure.

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A Study of White Space

I have always admired full-page children's book illustrations where the illustrator is able to cleverly incorporate the white of the page into the picture. I feel like sometimes I tend to over-illustrate, filling every square inch of the page with color and line so, recently, while I was working up ideas for the Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day illustration prompt, I challenged myself to try and incorporate more white space into my illustration.

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Character Design Challenge

Take a deeper look into the characters I created for Hayden Aube's character quest and find out how you can participate!

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