Sunday, April 17, 2011

Illustration Friday: Journey



The word for Illustration Friday this week is Journey, which I love because it fits perfectly with a piece that I have been meaning to get posted for the last few months. The illustration is of Heidi, from the classic book by Johanna Spyri. I entered a contest last December for the Tomie dePaola Award, and in the guidelines were the first few paragraphs of the book, detailing Heidi's journey with her aunt to the top of a mountain where she would live with her grandfather. After a few weeks of sketching several ways this scene could be illustrated I decided that Heidi must have felt scared and also in awe, so I chose not to do a close-up shot but instead wanted to make her feel small in her wide open and large, completely new environment. I didn't win the contest, but it was a wonderful challenge that I put a lot of thought into, and it's a great addition to my portfolio.

Please click on the full illustration if you would like to see it larger/better detail.

13 comments:

E.V. said...

so pretty!

Indigene said...

Such wonderful work, and it's narrative quality is great!

trickystitches said...

Wow! This is great!

Amalou said...

This is lovely. Great detail.

Missy said...

This is so wonderful! Love this and your style!

Patti said...

very nice

Ray Ferguson said...

Beautiful illustration.

Linda Hensley said...

Lovely!

CĂ©lia Fernandes said...

this is beautiful*

Shierly Po said...

This is beautiful! Lovely color! :D

theartofpuro said...

Lovely!

Leen Christens said...

Amazing work, the feeling in this is absolutely right. On the other hand the beautiful landscape gives a calm feeling and you just now that she will love it there!!

Rita Balixa said...

Great style!

The colors are so calm and beautiful (: