Last week I mentioned in my list of goals that I'm going to be working on a fairytale project this year. I was inspired by other artist's blog projects, especially Abigail Halpin's "1000 cups of coffee", so I decided to set a goal for myself. And by telling all of you about this goal, and by posting the results on my blog, I'm held more accountable than I would be if I just kept it to myself.
So, my plan is to do one illustration from a different fairytale every month for a year. Now, I realize that this isn't the most ambitious of goals. But its much more manageable than my original plan (which was to create 3 or 4 finished illustrations from the same fairytale each month, in addition to the other projects I'm working on). And by the end of the year I'll have 12 new fairytale based illustrations, which is pretty cool.
So here are my main goals for this project...
1. explore characters that I don't normally draw (like witches and trolls).
2. work on creating stronger contrast in my illustrations (I struggle with creating darks and would really like to remedy this).
3. use line more effectively (like to create textures and contrast).
4. have fun, feel free to play and experiment.
So, here goes!
To start the year off I've chosen "Three Billy Goats Gruff". Here's an in-progress image. I'll post the finished illustration by the end of the month.
Also, I have a short list of fairytales that I'd like to do, but I would very much appreciate your suggestions. Please and Thank you. :)