Sunday, September 6, 2009

First four pages

day

night

I didn't really intend to fill the first four pages of my book with my own name, but after the first two pages, I thought it needed some relief from the pink, and also I wanted to try out painting on a black background without risking someone else's book. So I came up with night and day versions of the same thing. Fortunately, other than my rudimentary painting skills, the technique worked perfectly, so there'll be a few black pages going around. ;)

Just have to do a half-page and maybe some name plates in the front and it'll be ready to go.

12 comments:

Andrea said...

The black looks great, I hope you do some "night" work in my book.

Aya Rosen said...

those are awesome! such cool colors. I can't wait to see those in person.

ian russell said...

very rich work. what paint did you use here, ballookey? I had some difficulties using paint on moleskines, it was quite resistant to it. or perhaps this is a watercolour one? I must try a watercolour one!

ballookey said...

@Andrea- Thanks. I usually prefer to start on black, so I'll definitely be doing a lot of them.

@Aya- Thank you. :)

@Ian- It's just the standard Moleskine, not the watercolor version. I masked off the book and spray painted those two pages with black primer. To paint on them, I used Golden fluid acrylic paints. It was extremely well behaved. In fact, I tested it on small moleskine paper first which is lighter weight than the larger ones and it worked fine on that: No buckling, bleed-through, or anything.

I may leave a piece of waxed paper cut to size inter-leaved between those two pages so they don't stick to each other though.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

These are wonderful--boy of your skills are rudimentary, mine are SUB-rudimentary!! Nice job. Very cute and colorful. Good illos for children's book, which I need to learn to do.

steve said...

Sooo good! Love 'em!!

ballookey said...

@Mary- I should say "rudimentary" meaning it's not to the level I wish I could do. I admire other people's skills so much, I never quite accomplish what I wish I could do.

@Steve- thanks. :)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Me too, the people in this group are great!

henniemavis said...

The color vibrancy! WOW. And the black-primer base coat, to set off the color. Double WOW.

Really nice, cheerful work. Thanks for sharing your tricks of the trade. Might have to try some variation of this myself... because, WOW!

ballookey said...

@henniemavis- Thanks. :) I can't tell you guys how excited I am to see everyone's work, and especially the collaboration pages.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I like the black background too! Excellent. The painting looks very professional to me!

milo said...

I love love how vibrant and wonderful these illustrations are... especially the bright sunshiny one :)