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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Illustrator's Project

Rough Draft for the large format submission for the Henderson Library.


Any thoughts?


Trying for a movie poster type image.




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Comment by Cynthia Kremsner on December 18, 2010 at 7:46am

Hi Donna . . .


I LOVE the cleverness of your rendering, Dr. Jackal and Mr. Hyena. You certainly made a great choice with the title and the animals. Your ability to draw canines is great. My only suggestion would be to keep the jackal a little more coy looking and add a bit more evil to your hyena.  With the hyena, maybe lowering his head under his shoulders? You know how dogs do that growling thing like they're scrutinizing/sizing you up for your next move as they  make their plan to attack or not? They hunch their shoulders, lower their heads, with their ears held behind their heads they scrunch their eyes and through those narrow slits they surmise you ferociously . . . sorta. (You've got the eyes and mouth part of it. However, the body language may reveal more of his evil-ness if it were exagerrated a bit).  You've really got a great thing going here and I would love to see what you do with color . . . long shadows can even make this all the more interesting too . . . very nice work.
Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on December 18, 2010 at 8:52am

Thanks again, Cindy,

I'll incorporate your observations with my next sketch.  The long shadow idea is also a great one.  Maybe a sunset on the plain that would cast such a shadow.  Not sure if oil pastels or watercolor will be my media.  24x36 is large for me to work, but sounds like a fun challenge.


Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on January 22, 2011 at 8:46am

New and tighter image for Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde.  I think the Hyena is a bit more menacing.  Still not sure about the text.

Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on February 1, 2011 at 8:42am

A bit different composition that gives equal weight to each character I think.  Also added more detail and the reason Mr. Hyena is angry.

One color study.

Comment by Cynthia Kremsner on February 1, 2011 at 6:13pm



Wow! I see you've really been focusing on that light source and it shows. I like both the color and black and white renditions. The color is just enough that we know it's dusk. You pulled that off well. I also like the composition . . . and see you've got your crow in there. I think you did an awesome job with this and I can see improvement with each rendering. Waiting for good news from your showing at the event Lady!!!

Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on February 2, 2011 at 4:41am

Thank you Cindy,

I appreciate your critiques and suggestions.  It's those second pair of eyes that are so valuable.  Still a lot of work yet to do, but I have the map now.


I'm going to start enlarging today and I watercolor/color pencil will be the medium.  I'll post progress for this phase too.


Any more conversation on a PB critique group?  Do we have enough Northern Nevada Illustrators for a group?



Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on February 22, 2011 at 12:24pm

Well, its in the can.  Also, in the box and in the UPS truck on its way down south.  I had to photgraph this instead of scanning and the colors are not correct.  The actual colors are a bit brighter.  But image to create.  I learned alot and thank you, Cindy for your suggestions and critiques.

Comment by Cynthia Kremsner on February 22, 2011 at 6:16pm

WOW Donna!!!! If this is a photo, I wonder what a scan would have done! Really nice work. You put sooo much into this. I can almost feel the hyena's fur. You really captured the expression . . . and I see you have played with your light source a lot more. The contrast between the Hyena and Jackal, personality wise is clear. Water is difficult to do at times though. The rendering I'm doing now . . . with the waves and reflections of water was a challenge . . . especially with such a controlled medium as pencil. I had to let it do it's own thing and caught the light between the texture of the paper.


The palatte you used is great . . . cool tones with the warmth on the fur bringing your characters forward which made the other elements play their own role without being distracting.


Really Nice work Donna.


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