Sunday, July 6, 2014

Baby Beards! Part 6: Painting a baby and lots of beards



Baby Beards! Cover via www.ericvr.com
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This is post #6 in a blog series -- Did you miss any of the first 5 posts? Here are links to each -- (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

Baby Beards! Part 6: Painting a baby and lots of beards:

I wanted the main character of Baby Beards! to be a baby whose age was up for interpretation. I have experienced baby beards with my children when they were first experiencing solid foods until they were over two years of age. Therefore, I thought a baby with a huge smile, some teeth, and no hair would be simple enough that the baby could be younger, but then if I sprinkled in older skills like using sippy cups and holding utensils that the baby could pass as older too.

I had a sketch of a baby in my storyboards that I really liked. I enlarged the sketch and copied it. Then, I traced the sketch onto tracing paper and colored the back with a charcoal pencil. This allowed me to place the tracing paper onto the illustration paper and trace it once again to transfer the charcoal pencil to the illustration paper. Once the pencil outline was on the paper I painted the baby face with acrylic paints.

Baby Beards! painting illustations via www.ericvr.com

Baby Beards! painting illustations via www.ericvr.com

I decided that I was going to paint one baby face and then the four beards with t-shirts and bibs separately. This allowed me to have consistency in the baby face for the four "A baby beard!" photograph pages in Baby Beards!. Later, I digitally combined the baby face painting with each baby beards/t-shirt painting. Then, I added fruits, veggies, and other food items I already painted to the beards to make them really healthy! It was like making a digital collage.


Baby Beards! painting illustations via www.ericvr.com


Baby Beards! Eric VanRaepenbusch painting illustations via www.ericvr.com

Baby Beards! Eric VanRaepenbusch painting illustations via www.ericvr.com


Baby Beards! Eric VanRaepenbusch painting illustations via www.ericvr.com
I used a generous amount of paint to give texture to the beard.  I applied many layers of paint with each beard.  Here I am adding a lighter layer for the oatmeal baby beard.

Baby Beards! by Eric VanRaepenbusch final illustration via ericvr.com
A final baby beard illustration for the lunch scene. All elements were painted and then combined digitally.
Plastic lids as painting palettes via ericvr.com
I loved watching the dried paint pile up on my plastic lids.

Baby Beards! by Eric VanRaepenbusch -- memory book/picture book for babies and toddlers
Oh, and I loved watching the finished pages pile up too! While I was working on the baby beards paintings I did the opening "This Book Belongs To" page and a few other easier pages to make some progress with page count. (I was always tried to feel like I was moving forward with the project. I never wanted to feel like I was spinning my wheels.)
This was post #6 in the series! Stay tuned for more painting pictures and a change of scenery! My wife cleared an area in our basement for me to work on Baby Beards!!

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