Happy Friday! We are so excited our holiday break is nearly here and hope you get time to relax and catch up with family/friends as well.
This week I'm including more process work. Before I got into my color sketch, there was some design trial and error. I had to decide what shapes worked best as well as set up the bones of a story.
But first - characters! Scroll below to meet Gumdrop Bird, Ostrich, Giraffe Smelling Flowers and many more...enjoy.
Before I got into color work, I needed more details. I picked my favorite, Giraffe Smelling Flowers, then thought about questions that would help set my composition up. With a little research, I was able to fill in the blanks...do giraffes eat flowers? What is the typical landscape they reside in? What type of giraffe am I showing? (lots of subspecies listed on the Giraffe Conservation Foundation).
To make my scene a little more interesting AND to suggest a story (with only one illustration), I decided to put a twist on things. Why not change the color of my Giraffe's patches, to match the flower he/she is smelling? Since Giraffes eat leaves, buds and branches, this character would never think of scarfing down a beautiful flower. Maybe his/her love for smell has turned his patches...flowery? Digging into my character's personality - helped my puzzle. He could be a sweet, gentle creature that yearns for gardens versus his plain savannah habitat.
I needed a perfumy type name for my giraffe. A quick search for italian "G" names led me to Giorgio, Giovanna, Gabbi...and...I think I like Gabbi. A giraffe with Italian flair!
With many possibilities to brainstorm, I stopped here for now and settled on the image that made my character pop in the first place. Gabbi Loves to Smell.
I experimented with different tree shapes (inspired by the cherry blossom, which Gabbi would never see in her native home - maybe she dreams about seeing and smelling it one day?). My tree needed to be very fragrant looking. Cotton candy-ish in style so the reader could almost smell it with her. With lots of curves going on in my initial trees, I decided more contrast was needed. I flattened the bottom hoping it would bring more attention to her nose and leaning body.
Does it look full of fragrance to you? Maybe Gabbi will get her wish some day but for now, thanks for checking in!