Work in progress – children’s book illustration

There is a lot more yet to be done on the picture at right, but this new work represents a bit of a departure for me, both thematically and in execution.

This is a children’s book illustration for someone I know who is working on a manuscript. A young girl (of perhaps 15) stands on the deck of a fantastic sailing ship, having just fed the starlings and watching them descend upon the feeder for seed (for any ornithologists in the house, those are supposed to be purple backed starlings, not the darker colored North American starlings).

There is still a lot to be done, but the author is pretty enthusiastic about what I have done so far, so I think I am on the right track.

5 Comments on “Work in progress – children’s book illustration”

  1. Arkhein says:

    I really like that. The ornate carving on the mast really evoke a different feel – it's definitely seems like a very special ship. Just looking at this image, I want to know more about the project.

    So yeah, I'd have to agree about the right track. 🙂

    – Ark

  2. Risus Monkey says:

    I am very curious about this particular project. I'd love to be able to read my children a book with artwork like this.

  3. This has a nice feel to it. I get a sense of joy from the girl to see the starlings landing at the feeder. Good stuff, it's not easy let yourself get out of your comfort zone.

    Of course maybe you could try an alternate version where the starlings are descending to feed upon a severed head on a pike? I'm sure the author could change a sentence or two to make that fit, right?

  4. Stefan, Great work! I love the detail on the mast and railings. I also see that you put your link up to an Etsy shop. I'll stop by and check it out.

  5. Looks good. I particularly like the shadows.

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