August has been a busy month at Joana Miranda Studio. I’ve been working on the final 3 illustrations for a project with an overseas company (more on that soon, I promise!), as well as creating custom art for a client in the USA. And, I also focused on children’s book illustrations with my entry for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators monthly Draw This! contest.
My children’s book illustrations start with a mood, word or concept. Then I create a rough pencil draft…
The August SCBWI Draw This! prompt word is “Dress Up.” For inspiration I drew from my own childhood memories. Although we’re much closer in age than the children above, playing dress up was one of my sister’s and my favorite games. And, like in my illustration, most of our dress up games included pairing a mixture of “found objects” with yard sale treasures. Incidentally, the household laundry basket was appropriated for our play purposes, too. In addition to standing on it (sadly, we also stomped on all of our board game boxes), we used the basket to sled down the stairs.
(The latter activity falls into the “don’t try this at home, kids” category!)
To keep the freshness and spontaneity in my illustrations, I try to use my pencil drafts mostly as a guide.
Can you spot the differences?
Keeping spontaneity, freshness and a child-like vibe in mind, I painted the illustration with transparent watercolor paints.
P.S. I had so much fun creating this illustration that winning the contest would simply be the icing on the cake! Each illustration I create moves me forward and makes me eager to start on the next project. If you’re looking for children’s book art or whimsical illustrations, I’d love to hear from you! You can contact me here.