Monday, February 20, 2012

B is for Barracuda

last page of Brave Benny's Animal Alphabet
in the Sketchbook Project Sketchbook for the Brooklyn Art Library
5 x 7, gouache on colored paper

This is the "two-page spread"
only not really because
it's the first and last page and they won't be together.
10 x 7
I FINALLY got another page done.  AK!!!  This is taking so long I may not get it done in time.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Brave Benny's Animal Alphabet Title Page

Slow work through sand.  I just hopefully finished page 3.

Brave Benny's Animal Aplphabet
by Mary Stebbins Taitt
gouache, 5 x 7
For the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Exchange Round due April 30.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Z is for Zooplankton

For the nerdy baby!

Benny Loves Zooplankton
5 x 7
100% gouache on colored paper
The sheet (not spread, as they will not be together when the book is assembled.)
I was tempted to switch to pens for the lettering, as my hand isn't very steady, but I did it all with pain. I mean paint!

Page 1, Brave Benny's Animal Alphabet Book: Alligators

Slightly revised
Benny and the Alligator, by Mary Stebbins Taitt
I signed up for the next round of the sketchbook project, and since I am planning to take out the horrid paper it comes with, I decided to start right away.  (I ordered a book, but it has not come yet).  I am planning to make a book for my Grandson Frankie, And I painted this in gouache on colored paper.  Looking at it now, I think I might need to work on it a little more. (e.g.:  the shading on the neck and I forgot to paint the fingernails!).  I want to keep it very simple.  Painting the words was VERY difficult for me, my hands are not that steady.  I may try a different "font" style, though that would lead to inconsistencies.