The images below show my latest full colour images that I have been exploring in mixed media. The way how I have been approaching these images is a free-handed approach with coloured inks on colour paper referring back to my contantino thumbnail story board.
I then have been blocking in the colours using ink and acrylic to draw out the solid shapes that I desire. I have also been using soft pastels to bring the colourful aspect to the work and interesting textures. The use of soft pastel has nicely correlated to the theme of dust in my grandmas characters dusty room that her and her grandchild Ella set out to clean.
The feedback I have received on this newly explored combination of media that I have instinctively gravitated towards has been very positive. I have recieved many comments on the colour pallet being the consistency of my usage of green and yellow.
The medium has been very cooperative and I enjoy using it very much as the use of scribbling with chalks helps to keep the activity really alive.
The best advice I have taken onboard was from Anna, who advised that I look into other mixed media illustrators such as:
- Luke Best
- John Burningham
- Judith Kerr
The key feature to maintain and develop in my image work is depth and to avoid working using perspectives that are too zoomed in as close-ups are less inviting than an atmospheric spaces. This point follows my intentions for the provocation of contemplation of my images when recieved in the childrens book so that they are looked at for longer and are therefore more entertaining.