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The Midnight Hare, page 21 rough

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Late last night I experimented with putting this particular illustration on to a much paler background and it didn’t feel right at all; therefore I have decided to fill up the pages with colour and keep a specific margin throughout, the same colour as the paper on which the particular illustration is painting (here the margin is taken from another source, so is slightly different in tone). The paler margins didn’t work with having the words within the picture, there were too many things going on. I have also decided to simplify the text so it is sans serif – don’t know whether I will use the one here, it might be a tad “round”, though I like the darkness of it against the background. There is quite some time before I have to decide on what font to use.  But something unadorned. I didn’t envisage when I decided to take on the production of this book how many things would have to be considered – but in a way that is the point of the exercise, to learn during the process.

The birds tail might break into the margin! This way of doing things means that, apart from the two pages which go across the book and which have no margins, I will have to keep the imagery complete within the picture, I can’t have any nice Japanesy cut-offs of the main characters, unless the margin is made specific, which I don’t want – but so be it. We’ll see how it goes.

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April 25, 2017 - Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Naughty birds! Wonderful drawing, colours and composition Cara.

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    Comment by clinock | April 26, 2017 | Reply

    • Been working on this again today, slight problems with the perspective, what goes in front of what, but it’s a kind of a hullabaloo painting, so a bit of a muddle won’t matter as long as the feeling and the general composition are OK. Deciding to do the book has been a big spur to all kinds of things. I am now going to look up some fonts! Great to have your encouragement, John, thank you.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | April 26, 2017 | Reply


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