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New Illustrator's project.  I picked number 13 and it's "The Heart of a Monkey".


Briefly the story goes:
"A crocodile wants to eat a monkey's heart and entices him out of his fig tree home with the promise of taking him on the river to an island with lush mango trees.  The monkey agrees and climbs aboard the croc's back.  Halfway to the island, the croc reveals his motive and the quick thinking monkey tells him he left is heart back in the tree for safe keeping.  The croc takes him back to the tree where the monkey escapes to safety."

Upon my preliminary research I came upon traditional Kangha fabric which has borders and a little text box with a quote.  Well, I love borders and quotes and I can't shake the idea of doing my illustrations as Kangha fabric style formatting.

The project isn't due until June, so my ambitious initial plan is to maybe do three illustrations to depict the story.  This would give me more portfolio pieces that show story line and consistent characters.


These are my initial thumbnail sketches, just brainstorming.  Thoughts on composition would be appreciated.  Thank you.

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Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on April 5, 2011 at 4:42am
I chose this image to expand.  My plan is to do one color and two b&w inks, like you would find in a chapter book.
Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on April 7, 2011 at 9:28am
Value study.
Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on April 16, 2011 at 9:28am

Another scene to explore.

Comment by Donna Jeanne Koepp on April 19, 2011 at 6:42am
I did this ink experiment based on value study #3 with Micron pens.  Plan to do another based on study #2.  I also wonked up the edges to look like fabric pinned to the wall.
Comment by Cynthia Kremsner on April 30, 2011 at 11:12am

Donna, I love the look of this Micron pen study. Without you saying that you "wonked it up" I was thinking that it looked like a fabric mural. Your line work is fantabulous. I love how you cropped the mage with the crocodile coming in from the left and the worried? look on the monkey's face. Having met one personally, I can tell you they are quite human in their expressions and gestures more often than not and you've got that nailed. My only though is that the clouds stand out as a bit different from the rest of the work. Maye some broken light line work instead of the dots? I don't know if you have this in Photoshop, but maybe playing with it in there connecting some of them, but leaving the lines in the clouds broken in some places to see how it works. You are really paying a lot of attention to detail. I think the shadow cast by the tree is a nice touch.


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