Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday Progress

Today's post is going to start with  a tiny book review!  The Wizard is a children's picture book written by Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutzsky and beautifully illustrated by the talented Brandon Dorman.

The Wizard is adapted from a story originally published in 1976.  Mr. Prelutsky's rhyme combined with Mr Dorman's illustrations make this story a real page turner as the book opens you are invited into a seemingly ordinary suburban cul-de-sac with one very odd house at the end.  The wizard stands at his window deciding what to do that day when he spies a bullfrog...  There is a lovely surprise ending and the duo of Prelutzsky and Dorman leave the young reader with curiosity instead of fear as you turn the pages to discover what evil deeds the wizard is up to.

I found Mr. Dorman's illustrations so perfect for practicing my Make Your Marks Make Your Splashes water colour sessions run by Mark G. Mitchell.  Here are two of my attempts to copy digital art with traditional media.  They are thumbnails of the larger version I'm working on.

The Wizard my version from Brandon Dorman's work NFS -this was a leaning purposes only exercise

The Bullfrog my version from Brandon Dorman's work. NFS - stricktly for learning purposes
I'm very pleased with these two.  There are some imperfections but it is about learning and improvement.  Let's see how the big picture works out...

I'd love to hear from you!

7 comments:

  1. I like your duplications. Very cool. How fun that you are doing traditional from digital.

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    1. Thank you Hannah! It was a good challenge.

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  2. Your review of the book piqued my interest. I think your versions of the wizard of bullfrog are great! What a talent.

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    1. Oh Pam you and Tayla would enjoy this read - visually and artistically! Thank you for the positive words!

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  3. Wow, wow, these look great Melissa! You're making brilliant progress and you're also doing things with watercolour that I haven't yet managed. Well done girl, great reproductions!

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    1. Yeah! Thank you Helga. I had a lot of happy accidents in these - some I had to undo because while it was a great effect - it wasn't in the right places...haha.

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  4. Sis, they look amazing - you have some wonderful talent. You and Mom got the artistic gene. C

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