Archive for the ‘IF Kids’ Category
1. Tell us about yourself / What makes you tick?
Hi, my name is Jannie Ho (pronounced Jane-nee) and I’m an illustrator specializing in children’s books and products. I went to Parsons School of Design with a BFA in illustration. I’m also known as Chicken Girl. Because who doesn’t like a chicken or two?
2. How did you get started as an illustrator?
After I left school, I worked as a designer and art director, before deciding that illustration was my true passion. I think I had a lot of years of self doubt, and when I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and she talked about “shadow artists,” it really hit home. So while I was working at the full time design job, I slowly went back to build my illustration portfolio while taking continuing education classes at School of VIsual Arts. I signed with a rep and was working the full time job and doing freelance illustration on the side. Eventually I made the transition to being a freelance illustrator full time.
3. How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
When I started to learn Adobe Illustrator, I felt like that medium lends itself well to what I imagine my style would be like. It took years of being out of school before I found my style. But with that said, my style is always changing (and should change.) It has changed a lot since I started 7 years ago. Lately I feel a big shift coming over me and there is a huge hurdle I have to overcome. The style I can imagine in my head is not the way it is on paper at the moment. But so it goes — that is part of the process.
4. Can you briefly explain your creative process, mediums, etc?
I work 99% in Illustrator. I use to do pencil sketches, scan them in, and draw on top of my sketch. But since a lot of client work has quick turnarounds, I began doing grayscale vector art as a sketch, straight on the computer. If the project calls for a certain subject matter or theme, I like to do some image searches just to get the ideas flowing. And for fresh color palettes, I like colourlovers.com for inspiration. It always gives me something new and prevents me from using the same old palettes.
5. How do you come up with new ideas? Do you have a process?
I have to say I don’t really keep a sketch book for ideas. However, I always have various digital files I started with different little artworks. I listen to podcasts and free play, building a scene, making characters. My ideas flow this way.
6. Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then?
Yes, of course! Switching projects always helps. I try to stagger projects to keep the creative juices flowing. I really do believe in having time away from a creative problem and trust your subconscious do some work. When I get back to it, there are always new and fresh solutions. I understand this may not be optimal for client work and short deadlines. But even going for a short walk helps.
7. Best / most fun part of your job:
Creating a world of my own. I can be an interior designer, fashion designer, furniture designer, etc. in my illustrations. I get to draw all day — sometimes I work on projects that I would do on my own for free… but don’t tell the client that!
8. Worst / most difficult part of your job:
The feast and famine of freelancing life can be tough. Working from home can be a lonely thing, even for those of us who enjoys solitude. Thank goodness for the internet that illustrators can connect with each other through social media.
9. Do you have side projects you work on?
I always like to have something going on the side. I started an ABCs series which started as a promo card but then it was so much fun that I continued with them. I also enjoy writing and illustrating comics and this is something I feel I can get more personal with. As much as I enjoy children’s publishing, it is nice to work on something more “grown up.”
10. What’s on your horizon? Any current/future projects and plans/dreams you can share with us?
I have a wonderful board book series coming out with Nosy Crow, called Tiny Tabs. The first 2 titles, Teeny Weeny Lost His Mummy, and Bunny Boo Lost Her Teddy, is being released in April 2013. I also have a pop-up gift book coming out in the fall, published by Campbell Books.
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5 things inspiring you/your work right now:
limited color palette
3 constants in your day:
Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom:
It will always be an uphill battle, so just enjoy the process and the journey. Take time to celebrate achievements along the way. Believe in your work. Never give up.
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Thank you so much, Jannie Ho!
The pencil is more than a tool for a fabulous drawing or story. In the case of this colorful art installation titled “Reverse City” by Cameroon-born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, the pencil is the base for art itself.
I love these sculptures by Motohiro Tomii. Dozens upon dozens of colored pencil incased in acrylic forms.
Jonna Pohjalainen‘s art is joyful. As she says, “While you sharpen your pencils you can see time passing by. Colours bring joy and happiness in our everyday life.” So true!
Designer Tim Liles created this clever piece of jewelry. Instant entertainment at your fingertips! I wish I had a set of these when my daughter was younger, but then again, I’d love a set just for myself.
Here is a twist on the iconic candy necklace from Kikkerland Design! A necklace of crayon beads!
I’m also rather partial to their set of Space Invader crayons.
Posted by Thomas James on 02/20/13 under IF Kids
Children’s illustrator Amy Adele is inspired by nature, folk tales and a childlike imagination. Her work is built around a love for hand painted details and the richness of natural earthy colors. We love the whimsy!
Do you have a particular image of your child’s that you love and think would be fabulous as an embroidered pillow or as part of that newly refinished kitchen table? The process couldn’t be simpler!
To get started you will need:
– your child’s drawing
– a knitting needle or chopstick
– carbon paper
– masking tape (painter’s version as it is less sticky and won’t leave a residue)
If you are working with cloth, iron out all the wrinkles. Tape it to a hard surface. Place the carbon paper, ink side facing the cloth, table or whatever your project surface may be. Position your child’s drawing on top of the carbon paper and tape it in place. Trace the lines with a knitting needle or chopstick. You could use a blunt pencil, but you will end up leaving a mark on your child’s drawing. Remove drawing and carbon paper.
This project isn’t of course limited to children’s drawings. It is a great way to transfer your own images too.
Do you have a pencil jar full of stubs? Don’t throw them out. Upcycle them into colorful jewelry for kids of all ages!
Want to make beautiful stars in your night sky painting or add a special sparkle to your painting of a dress? It is so easy with these three materials:
- Watercolor paints
- Table salt
First make a painting of your choice – using deep dark colors for night skies or vivid colors for other subject matter. This process works for any sort of painting, even abstract.
While the painting is still very wet, add a sprinkle or pinch of salt to the wet paint.
Let the painting dry throughly. Then rub off the salt with your fingers!
The background of this collage is an example of a watercolor/salt painting. The salt pushes the pigment away from the paper and adds a beautiful visual texture. Now go try your own!
Mikela Prevost is an illustrator that gravitates toward that most interesting subject of all. Us. People. Be careful what you do in front of her, because she is discretely sketching it in her sketchbook where you will later find it translated into her latest illustration.
Mikela received her B.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Redlands and later went on to receive her M.F.A. in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton. While working on her degree, Mikela found the time to get married, and together they are raising their three very curious kids.
Find more of Prevost’s work on her website.
Don’t you love opening a fresh box of crayons! Oh, the many possibilities! For Peter Goldlust they are the base material for his miniature sculptures, each one meticulously hand-carved into abstract forms.
Christian Faur casts his own “pixels of wax” to create the necessary palette for his hauntingly beautiful pointillist images, such as “Mortgage on the Future.” The dashes of color are coded to an alphabet and if you know the key, the image may be read.
Pointillism is a way of creating an image by building up dots of color. George Seurat is perhaps the most famous of painters to use this technique. Rather than use oil paint, I like to teach the concept with rubber stamp pads in assorted colors and some brand new pencils. The eraser tips make beautiful dots and little fingers stay clean!
To get started you will need:
- rubber stamp pads (Many companies are making them with three colors to a pad.)
– brand new pencils, one for each color to be used
– a sharpened pencil for sketching
– white paper (Computer paper is fine.)
1. Sketch out your idea.
With a sharpened pencil, sketch out your idea. Do you want to make a picture of your house or your garden? You decide. Draw lightly. You don’t want your pencil marks to be obvious in your finished illustration.
2. Fill in you first layer of colors.
Press your eraser into the stamp pad and make a mark on your paper. To achieve a clear, perfect dot press firmly while holding the pencil perpendicular to the paper. If you hold the pencil at an angle you are likely to make a half moon shape. You will notice that you will need to reink your eraser often if you want darker dots. If you want lighter dots, keep stamping until the ink runs out before reinking your eraser.
3. Add your second and third layers of color.
Your image may be too faint, so you need to add another layer. Experiment. What happens when you add dark blue dots on top of green dots? Keep adding dots and switching colors until you achieve an image you like. Remember to not mix your colors! Use a separate pencil eraser for each color. Allow your image to dry.