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Terrible Yellow Eyes

Monday, September 21st 2009 by Pat


Terrible Yellow Eyes is a collection of illustrations inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. The project, organized by Cory Godbey, features beautiful contributions by many of my favorite artists.

I thought it would be fun to try drawing some wild things and I actually like the rough pencil sketches the best.

For whatever reason, whenever I try to refine a drawing it seems to lose a little bit of soul. Anyone have any tips on preserving the lively quality of a quick sketch while evolving it into a more finished piece? Maybe I just need to get away from Photoshop and get my hands dirty.


4 Responses to “Terrible Yellow Eyes”

  1. lol)..very unusual and interesting)

  2. Gage says:

    I like draft 3 best! Maybe try leaving things more in that stage with some squiggly lines and inked shading still in there? A keeping-things-rough-around-the-edges approach might help keep some of that energy in there.

  3. Rivergirl says:

    I agree with Gage in that draft 3 is my favorite.
    I don’t konw if you are familiar with David Shannon author and illustrator. I like his style and you might be interested in some of his work. They are lively.

    Some of his books:
    No, David!
    David Gets in Trouble
    David Smells

    He has illustrated a lot of other books. I am sure they would be easy to find at the library.
    Good luck and enjoy getting your hands dirty.

  4. Edward says:

    Love it! I agree that draft three has the most exciting feel.
    The smooth shadows in the later drafts don’t quite convey the vivid muscle tension that makes draft three so dramatic!