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Old 03-06-2005, 03:57 PM
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Bear & bunnies WIP

Doesn't look like much yet but it's a start. I have three colors down to get the base color for the bear. Beige, yellow ochre and light umber. I'll add darks over this foundation but for now I want to establish something of the values without getting into details. I'm not going for a realism in color but a pleasing simple combination harmonious with the bunnies.
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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

What a great drawing! I love it, looking forward to seeing more.

Both my boys had "Bears & Bunnies" as their nursery themes, so I have a soft spot for the combination
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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

Lovely technique on the layering. So even. Do you use a drafting(sp?) brush?

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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

Tommy, (can I call you Tommy or is that overfamiliar?)

You better be a famous, published illustrator, 'cause you are one talented dude. I love this--loved the initial sketch. Love the furry texture you are getting with just those few colors. I'll keep this thread close at hand so I can watch your progress. What colors are you planning for the bunnies?

Is this on the board that you usually use for your work? Please keep sharing!
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Old 03-06-2005, 05:51 PM
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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

Katherine, I don't know what a drafting brush is. I just use pencils, exacto blades (for removing stuff) and erasers for removing more stuff.

Tommy's fine Kathy. And I'm not published yet but I'm hoping.

Lily, seems I picked a familiar combo. The first thing they tell you in illustrating children's pb is don't do bunnies LOL.
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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

The brush is for all those teeny weeny little bits that seem get on to the surface of the piece and give you little bumpy marks - which get quite irritating when you want a nice smoooth plate finish.

Some people use a brush which is very soft and looks like.............I can't think of anything that looks like it. Anyway I use a wide paint brush - easier to keep to hand - does the job just the same

My impression with children's books is that doing the text and the illustrations is the easy bit compared to coming up with something which is genuinely original.

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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

I never heard of this brush Katherine. It smooths the texture?

Btw what red haze? My avatar? (I'll answer any question you ask)
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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

Glad you're doing a wip on this!

A drafting brush is just to keep your paper tidy - you use it to brush away excess pencil and eraser shavings.

They're only 2.50 - 6 dollars. I love mine because I get a lot of pencil shavings on my paper with the gritty paper I work on.

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Oh that drafting brush. I have one but I never touch my drawing surface with it.
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Um, so what do you use to keep all the pencil dust off? And what do you use it for? Thanks, Nicole, for the pic!
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Um, so what do you use to keep all the pencil dust off? And what do you use it for? Thanks, Nicole, for the pic!

I blow on it.

My technique is a little different Kathy. I don't press into the paper hard so I probably don't get as much dust as you guys do.
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I've, um, actually spit on my drawings a couple of times by accident doing it that way. lol.
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I've, um, actually spit on my drawings a couple of times by accident doing it that way. lol.

Yep, have to careful. LOL
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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

Oh, Nicole, you're so discreet! Yah, I've covered my pieces with spit, and let's not even talk about sneezing!

So these days, I use a slip sheet and keep my drafting brush in my trusty right hand. Since I'm using Arches rough press these days, I think there's lots more colored pencil dust than if I was using my beloved and much-missed Arches hot press.
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Re: Bear & bunnies WIP

Thanks for starting this one, Tommy. I'll follow it with great interest.

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