Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Senior Show

Well, here it is: a series of illustrations designed as book covers for children and young adults. Some are for books which have long been favorites of mine, some are newer versions of very old stories, and some are just plain wacky ideas come to life. As most of these need some sort of touching-up before going on my permanent website, some real honest, nit-picky critique would be most welcome!

The Really Ugly Duckling

The Cricket in Times Square
I'm surprised by how many people haven't read this charming book. Granted, it is a little dated, but its appeal as a celebration of friendship, of finding one's place in the world, and of the power of music is universal.


What if a young Leonardo da Vinci were to do some time travelling and end up in a present day grade school? Would he be able to save the art program? Would he get beat up for wearing that silly hat? We may never know. . .

The Secret Garden

"Please Sir, I mean Ma'am" & Other Stories

The Hobbit


Mike Laughead said...

Becca, these look great. You have great drawings and great color and great details. Here are some critique suggestions. The Leonardo one looks bare/blank on the walls and the floor. Some texture is needed on one of those. I would go with the floor since the title would be covering most of the wall. And the Hobbit cover could use some texture on the ground/floor as well. Might I recommend adding Bilbo's coat, cloak, sword and/or backpack? Those could add some nice things going on around him. Also, it would stand out better if there was a little light source from the ring. There could be minor highlights on him as well. If you need it to be totally accurate, his sword/knife could be on the ground next to the ring and could be casting a light on him. Right now it is a little dark and works well as an illustration, but not as a cover. The others are all great. I think the most developed/most finished looking one is the Ugly Duckling. I think it is the strongest piece as well.

Hope that helps.

Sushi Sundae said...

Holy Crud you are amazing!I wish I could have been at the BFA show!!!

Tinklemeyer said...

Your show was my favorite. You are going to go far my little friend. Great job!

Calista said...

Becca! I wish I could have made it up to Rexburg for your show! I'm sure it was great! I love these illustrations! I hope you keep your blog up to date so I can hear how you are doing every once and a while! I'll be stalking all my fellow classmates to see how their doing in the illustration world!

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Jesika Harmon said...

Wow. Totally love these! Ha, I'm no artist, so any critic coming from me might not mean a whole lot, but as a friend I'll say two things. Leonardo's shoe...just a little weird looking, too skiny maybe? And the cook lady one, her chest (breasts) is a bit disproportional...like it feel like it needs to not be so tucked... or maybe it's the shading underneath. Anyway. I think you are amazing!