For this project, I was aspiring towards a children book kind of illustration style. I was inspired by the following artists who I follow on instagram:
1. @andy_estra // Andy Estrada
I really like his illustration style! It is very quirky, expressive and dramatic. If you observe my final work, I have actually referenced him quite a bit in terms of drawing the facial expressions and learning how I should work with movement in each panel
I really like his use of vibrant watercolours as well as his use of space.
3. Various illustrations from children books!
For this, there is no fixed artist that I was referencing. I was mainly looking around at children book illustration style as that was the kind of look I was going for in my work. I have been looking through various Instagram accounts that posts such works such as @childrenswritersguild and @childrenillustration.
Some of the works I’ve saved from various accounts!
Initially, I was extremely keen to follow this style!! It is so clean and simple and nice. The way the artist made use of the brown paper as skin tone of people was also very intriguing. I even went as far as to private message the artist on instagram to ask what type of paper and paint were used. ミ●﹏☉ミ
Eventually, I decided to stay with watercolour because by the time he replied, it was kinda late to buy new materials already ?. Nevertheless, if you can tell, I was trying to emulate the way empty space is used. In my own work, I’ve tried to keep it uncluttered and plain.
I’ve learned a lot about colour theory from my peers presentation. The part about colour schemes were particularly helpful for this project.
There are 6 basic ways to combine colours: Complementary, Analogous, Triadic, Split-commentary, Tetradic