hahaha I know! They screech - or in Jake’s case, screech, chirrup, chuckle and whatever other noises he can make to get your attention!
Brand new project! Here’s a sneaky peek at my new children’s book-in-progress.
It’s about a little Barn Owl called Jake who gets blown away from home one night…hmmm, that sounds oddly familiar?! Oh yes - Jake is a real Barn Owl, he belongs to my sister and lives at a local farm where I live, and recently he went AWOL for six scary days. He was handed into a shelter by a lovely member of the public, and is safe and happy back at the farm I’m pleased to say.
Anyway - it sort of inspired me! I’m going to enter it into the Macmillan Book Prize competition this year.
My Easter holiday is going to be full of owl paintings (again)
What a hoot! (I’m not sorry)
I’m not great with book covers, so this rough is the only attempt i’ll be doing!
These are the final artworks placed in context, with the text (don’t judge me on terrible writing!)
Illustrations & text (C) Natalie Adams 2014
"Keep your heart, Beggar Prince!"
I’m nearly done with this project now, and although I’ve enjoyed working with pencil, I can’t wait to start using colour again!
My hand is thoroughly cramped now. O_O
(reflections on marble escape me… maybe I should have used a reference!)
She sat beside her pool and waited, but her heart was full of dread.
Originally blue mechanical pencil, edited in PSP.
It has a more controlled look than the graphite, but I’m still unsure which I prefer.
I have developed a new love/hate relationship with blue mechanical pencil leads! They are super lovely to draw with, but snap every five-fudging-seconds!!! O_o
Work in progress!
I thought you might like to see some sketches of what I am working on currently - some thumbnails and an under-sketch for one of my finals.
The project is a self-written faerytale about a rich princess, a poor prince and a lonely nymph who falls for him. Unlike the tales of yore, my one has a happy ending. =D
note : do not accidentally crop the tops off castles! It looks bad and the inhabitants will miss their roof.
Another experimental study for my faerytale project. I tried watercolours today and fell out with them. I hate having days like that - it’s like falling out with family (happens more times than you’d like, and really upsetting when you do!)
I already posted this image, but look I made her blue! I thought it gave her a more ethereal, oceanic feel.
What do you think?