I created these wild monkeys for this weekend's NESCBWI Conference, the "First Look" panel, to be specific. Since I needed to create a new image, not in my portfolio book, I thought I'd try something a bit outside my usual color palette. After I sketched the idea I had a flash of Gauguin's Tahiti. I looked at several of his landscapes and pulled some colors but ended up going with something even more technicolor. I'd love to illustrate a whole book in such an over-the-top, lush palette. Plus I finally pulled out that tube of 'pink' gouache from my stash!
How is it Friday already? I meant to submit for Illustration Friday's Adrift theme this week, but I blinked and missed it.
Regardless, here is the Thank You card I sent to guests of Miles' 1st birthday. It was fun to have so many little ones that day, I was inspired to draw little versions of them. This is the same quickie-digital style I did for his invitation, and even though it was fun (and manageable) to create, I'm daydreaming about painting this for his bedroom. I need to add in his cousins who couldn't make it that day, but came up for a fun visit yesterday. Maybe in a little dingy/zodiac on the side!
Here's a picture of the party:
And it's aftermath... We haven't wanted to take down those banners just yet!