The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper 3

 

These are cover designs/illustrations for The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of my favorite short stories. There are a few places to read it online. I like this one.

The Yellow Wallpaper 2

Oftentimes I wish I could stop at a thumbnail or a rough draft because it captures the feeling of my subject so immediately and succinctly. The most difficult thing for me in producing final work is to not have it appear too labored or stylized. Lately I’ve been trying to draw my final work with a looser hand and illustrating The Yellow Wallpaper forced me to do that— it’s such a raw, disturbing story and I didn’t want to mute any of its emotional power.

Yellow Wallpaper 1

Crowded Sea

Crowded Sea Illustration

This is another Colour Collective contribution. Last week’s color was blue-gray, which immediately made me think of an underwater scene. My original idea was to add collage elements, but then I thought of bioluminescence and went instead with red light to illuminate the colorless deep-sea murk.

Medusa

Medusa Illustration

I colored in this sketch for my first entry to Colour Collective, a weekly illustration challenge created by London-based illustrator Penny Neville-Lee. Find the rules and the week’s color on her Twitter profile. Use your Twitter account to post your illustration featuring the week’s chosen color (last week’s was MINT) along with the hashtag #colour_collective, every Friday at 19.30 GMT— make sure to adjust your time zone if necessary!

Month of Manias

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Here’s another slideshow for #inkpril, the latest drawing challenge I’m participating in. So far I haven’t been able to contribute daily sketches, but at least I’m sticking to my self-imposed theme this time. Credit goes to illustrator Liz Wong for creating this challenge!

Apimania

Apimania Illustration

This month I’ve been participating in yet another daily drawing challenge, #inkpril, which has the same premise as #inktober, except it takes place now. I’m a lot busier in April so I can’t contribute a drawing every day, but I am sticking to my chosen theme this time, which is unusual words pulled from The Wordsworth Book of Intriguing Words. So far I have only illustrated various manias, so it’s become an even tighter theme.

Oh no, I just looked at my sketch and their toes are in the wrong order. I blame insomnia for that one. Actually the alternate title of the book I mentioned above is The Insomniac’s Dictionary. It got me thinking about how wonderful and important it is for an illustrator to build up a good reference library. There is something about leafing through a book of obscure words or a field guide to beetles that Google Image Search and Wikipedia will never replace.