Tuesday, March 22, 2011

From "When Jessie Came Across the Sea"

This is a big spread from When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest.
It was the first picture I did from that book, and I did it as a way of breaking myself into the project.
This was really going in the deep end, as this scene has so much detail and required a lot of research and working with models.
Often starting out on a new book I would tackle a spread that involves depicting the setting rather than close-up views of the characters. It means I can get some work under my belt, and so immerse myself deeper in the project before I start working with models.
I'm at that stage now with a book set in the desert in Africa, and I am enjoying drawing lots of landscapes with sand dunes and desert mountains. I'm even starting to enjoy drawing camels, which are among the goofiest looking creatures on God's earth.


Sadami said...

Dear PJ,
Thank you for uploading the work and interesting backstage story. I, too, enjoyed that book and admired your research. Wonderful and very touchy pictures.
Kind regards, Sadami

Olivia said...

It is so amazing!
Apart from the magnificent technique you own, I love how you can present so many figures, details and the feeling of "crowded" but, at the same time, the illustration itself doesn't feel packed out... (If that makes any sense)

Kind regards

Amal said...

The most dramatic illustration in the book, so gorgeous I love wandering every corner of it, super exquisite detail and amazing study of light. Those waves are sea-sickeningly frightening and full of grace. Red- striped life boat top left adds much to the drama. Next book will have camels, you say? Can't wait to see!

PJ Lynch said...

Hi Sadami, Olivia and Amal
Thanks so much for your kind comments. I'm delighted that you like this one.
Best regards

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