It's time for something new! Well, it's also kind of old....
Last summer, while hitting the playground circuit with my sons, I started sketching. I had sort of this nebulous idea of creating a mix & match kids at the beach paper doll book. My sons like going to the beach with my sister and her daughters. Seeing these kids year after year having fun at the beach got me to thinking that a beach/nautical paper doll set would be a lot of fun.
The first thing I like to do when I'm starting a more realistic project like this is to find good reference images. It helps establish pose, proportions, etc. I wanted a girl (somewhere between the ages of 7 and 10), a boy (somewhere around 5 or 6), and a toddler girl. I'm envisioning this as a set of siblings. Although I seem to have misplaced the reference images, I do have the initial sketches.
Yup. I hate these initial sketches. Well, mostly. The older girl (in the middle) was something solid to start with, so that's what I did.
I literally went back to the drawing board and started sketching again. Over the years, I've moved towards digital art -- it's easier to find ten minutes in Illustrator while wrangling the kids than it is to hole up in my studio with paper & paints. What I lose in the process is regular drawing. And I really need to draw more frequently.
So let me know what you think of my little beach babies! I'll have a new paper doll up on Friday, too, so look for that.