Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I-F: Burning

Elsie's ears were burning after Stuart didn't return her feelings, and walked to class with Peony instead.

...I'm trying to get some more sketching into my life -- getting inspired by The Sketchables and this post by Alicia Padron. I haven't joined PiBoIdMo or SaeMo or anything, just trying to take 10-20 minutes whenever I can for sketching, no pressure.

I'm doing a drawing exercise that Sam Hughes told me about - she learned it from her critiquer Cecilia Yung at the SCBWI conference:
Have different jars with different scene elements, pick one out of each jar, and draw it! You could have:
Jar 1: Character (girl, dad, pig, rooster...)
Jar 2: Emotion (relieved, angry, sad, excited...)
Jar 3: Location (on the roof, under a tree, on the moon, in the supermarket...)
optional additions:
Jar 4 : Lighting/time of day (more for a finished piece)
Jar 5: Time period
Jar 6: Story twist (and then someone arrived, and then the dog got out, then it started snowing...)

The main one I am focusing on is emotion because I know I don't bring that out enough.

So for the elephant above my drawing was: The elephant was disappointed at school.

Below, the rabbit was relieved, on the roof when someone left.

Fun, no? Maybe you should try it!


7 comments:

sketched out said...

Wow Kim! Love your illustration and concept for "burning." So cute, so poignant and just so special. Also, thanks so much for sharing that exercise. I am sooo going to try that. I need something to kick start me. Good show, girl!

Kaitlyn said...

cute stuff :)

Hannah Sommerville said...

Great idea! You did a great job. I especially like how you were able to portray the elephant's emotion. I think I'll try it!

panda no ko said...

poor elsie..! this exercise sounds fun, I will definetly try it! :D

Jack Foster said...

Awww poor Elsie! Great pose and character design. Way to keep your stuff sharp! You are very talented Lil Kim!

Heather said...

such a darling elephant character.
thanks for the great idea. love it! i must give it a try.

kathy hare said...

I love your little elephant drawing Kim, there is something so tender about the little one on the bench..