BLOBS #90 RESULTS

Welcome and thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed experimenting with shapes and characters this week. We came up with a few too. Meet PRINCESS PUMPKIN, HUGGING CHEESE CUBES, BIRD plus many more below...

ANNA'S LEFT (STINKY CHEESE), AMY'S RIGHT (HUGGING CHEESE CUBES)

ANNA'S LEFT (STINKY CHEESE), AMY'S RIGHT (HUGGING CHEESE CUBES)

ANNA'S LEFT (BIRD), AMY'S RIGHT (HUGGING BOUNCY TOUCANS)

ANNA'S LEFT (BIRD), AMY'S RIGHT (HUGGING BOUNCY TOUCANS)

ANNA'S LEFT (REALLY LONG NOSE GUY), AMY'S RIGHT (HUGGING ARMADILLO LIZARD)

ANNA'S LEFT (REALLY LONG NOSE GUY), AMY'S RIGHT (HUGGING ARMADILLO LIZARD)

ANNA'S LEFT (PRINCESS PUMPKIN), AMY'S RIGHT (PARAKEET HUGS)

ANNA'S LEFT (PRINCESS PUMPKIN), AMY'S RIGHT (PARAKEET HUGS)

My sketches are all so loose! I've always been a messy sketcher and have forever wanted crystal clear details to come out of my pencil from the start. But, it doesn't happen! It isn't until I start blocking in color when I can really make sense out of shapes and details pop. Does that happen to you?

The past two weeks have been...a whirlwind. As a result, the world of children's literature has started a small movement to help kids feel safe and comforted in the chaos. To help educators and schools relay this message, children's book illustrators have created art - free to download and post in classrooms, libraries, schools etc. Art that makes kids feel hopeful and accepted. To find these images, use the hashtag #hugsfromkidlit.  

In that spirit, all of my characters are giving or receiving some kind of hug!

The sketch I decided to color up was my HUGGING BOUNCY TOUCANS. A few changes were made along the way. First, my toucans were springing just past eachother...not quite a hug,  more of a head nudge...

...but it was getting a little busy. I decided to shorten my beaks and wings in my final so the focus was on the hands making contact, not the bouncy birds.

I experimented with background too. Since the kids and toucans were tighter lines, I wanted to create more of a sketchy background...

I love yellow and wanted more sunshine, so I used the channel selector in PS to take some of the broccoli green out...

I love yellow and wanted more sunshine, so I used the channel selector in PS to take some of the broccoli green out...

I even played around with the sand shapes under the seats...

This straight line version worked better with the hilly background.

This straight line version worked better with the hilly background.

And here's the final! If you would like a higher resolution image to post in your classroom/library, drop me a note: amy@amynielander.com. Thanks for stopping by...and kids: