Monday, July 7, 2014

Baby Beards! Part 7: Painting a baby, messes, and highchairs

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This is post #7 in a blog series -- Did you miss any of the first 6 posts? Here are links to each -- (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5, Part 6)

Baby Beards! Part 7: Painting a baby, messes, and highchairs:

On my birthday, March 29, 2014, my wife and children snuck down into the basement to clean up and rearrange how the toys were organized. Their hard work gave me one of the best birthday presents ever -- my own place to work on my artwork! Now, I could leave my work area messy and would not have clean up the dining room table before dinner. Also, I wouldn't have to be nervous anymore that my children were going to help me finish a painting with their crayons and markers! (This is just one example of how supportive my family was during this process!)

Much of the rest of this post is going to be photographs that I took as I worked. In Baby Beards!, there are four high chair paintings with the baby waiting for food and four paintings of big messes and smeared trays.

The process was the same across the board for these illustrations. I copied and enlarged my storyboard picture, traced it onto tracing paper, and colored with a charcoal pencil on the back.  Then traced over my drawing onto my illustration paper and painted.

This photograph show the enlarged sketchbook drawing and the tracing paper. After tracing the image I made adjustments to the drawing before transferring the image to the illustration paper.
A good look at my NEW basement studio! :)
Pencil outline
Painting with inexpensive acrylics.
Almost the final illustration -- I later lightened up the shadow on the baby's face.
Working on a "Tray is smeared" painting.
More dried paint was building up on the plastic lids. I used only 3 or 4 lids for the whole book. I think I will keep these as a reminder of all the painting I did for Baby Beards!.
I was painting cameras on this day.
This photo was taken when I started the paintings for three "Tray is smeared" pages. I painted 4 because I didn't like my sketch for the "pirate bib" tray so did two paintings and picked the one I liked best.
I painted them all at the same time for consistency.

I was nervous to add the messes to each tray.  I thought I was going MESS up my paintings!

I was looking at many more finished pages, but I still had over 2 months of work ahead of me!
Getting ready for the other 3 highchair paintings. 

Almost complete....
Final illustration in Baby Beards!
Final illustration in Baby Beards!

This was post #7 in the series! Stay tuned for tomorrow's post. You were probably thinking that I was having too much fun making this book. Tomorrow, I will explain the hardest part of the whole process -- THE END!

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