My poor little blog has been somewhat neglected of late. This is because of an exciting new commission I have been working on (more on this to come). In the meanwhile I was flicking through Illustration Friday and noticed this week's theme as Underwater. An image immediately popped into my head and I couldn't wait to get it down on paper.
On reflection I think I could probably draw hundreds of images for underwater and have realised it's a fairly extensive theme for which I have yet to fully explore. But for now, say hello to the underwater world of submariners Thomas & Teddy!
I have really enjoyed playing with colour on this one, creating a marked distinction between foreground and background & using colours & tones that both compliment and contrast.
This experimentation was inspired by a recent SCBWI talk given by a series of children's book agents at the Frontline Club in London. I showed Hannah Whitty, an agent from Plum Pudding, a few of my drawings, she suggested bringing out the main characters more by distinguishing the foreground from the background. Really helpful advice that I am going to try to master henceforth!
This is the first of many tips I picked up at the Secret Agents Party and look forward to sharing more soon.