what makes for evocative illustration?

IMG_0023When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time in the bathroom…not doing bathroom specific activities…  especially when lunchtime or recess rolled around. It was the best way to avoid looking so alone. I am sharing the above illustration as my first attempt at an evocative illustration  — as prompted by an upcoming “class assignment” for Mark Mitchell’s Online Illustration Course which will be featuring the critique of 10 student works by noteworthy  publisher, Kristen Nobles, newly heading up the children’s division at Page Street Publishing.

Wish me luck on the 23rd of August when Kristen makes her choices for which student’s work to critique: pick me, pick me, pick me!! 🙂

This assignment was an awesome thought starter. It was a great way to get my thinking about what makes a powerful image, well…powerful!

Evocativeness by definition requires powerful feelings, being moved to remember or relate… and I hope that I have accomplished that here. At the very least, it has brought about a bit of acceptance for some of my own childhood trials.  I feel sad for her at the same time as really happy that her life is going to turn out great! – She grows up to be creative… independent, loveable/compassionate and comfortable in her own company. But I wonder what feelings this image sparks for people who weren’t misfit kids?


It has been a little while since I last posted a blog entry, I have been busy! – moving from a fine art focus to a concentrated effort on developing an illustration portfolio  – check out the illustration page of my website and leave a comment if you have time!

Illustration has been a satisfying venture so far, because I feel like with each and every drawing I am getting a bit better and more confident in making line choices and colour choices and value choices — or “marks and splashes” so to speak. I believe Illustration more readily suites my “flights of fancy” approach to art to begin with (I am surely not done with fine art, but I like the speed of churning out ideas for illustration, it is kind of exhilarating!).

Some things I would like to work on:

  • developing consistent style
  • being able to draw the same character across a full story
  • making more cohesive colour choices — planning my colour and value ahead of diving in.
  • erasing less and more patient/premeditated execution
  • must save up some pennies so I can join my local SCWBI

Look out for more illustration blog entries from me in the near future. Thank you for reading, and if you are in need of an illustrator for a project, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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