Monday, December 24, 2018

Illustration Friday/Spontaneous Drawing!

This was my latest submission to Illustration Friday, an on line Illustration Challenge a couple weeks ago!   The theme that week was Winter! I needed a reason to draw and when I learned what the theme was, I drew this with no planning or pre-drawing in about a half hour, for fun! I sketched it in pencil, and then using my new LED copy board, I inked over it with a fine permanent marker, and then colored it in with watercolor pencils!
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Illustration by Leona Hosack

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Recap: custom caricatures in 2018

This caricature is of the couple below.
This caricature of a couple on a bike was based on the photo below, taken many years ago of the parents of the client.

This one is a caricature of the business partner of the client, who is originally from Ireland. I was asked to include the specific island he is from in the background, and the Irish symbols of a bag of potatos and a bag of gold.

A sketch for the Caricature of the family below.

This client send me photos of her and her husband, and one of her parents and their dog. She asked me to make everyone a merperson and the dog a merdog!

I did this Wedding caricature of the couple below.
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Most recently I was asked to do this full body and gag background Caricature for the client to use as a logo image for her new business.
I worked from the photo below.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Working on a new goal: Aceing Gag Bodies

I have a new goal, which is easy to fit in to my time, because I can't help but draw every day. I just need to draw, it's part of my being! I've been drawing caricatures for five and a half years now and have not  aced drawing gag bodies very quickly, so my new goal is that every time I feel like drawing I will specifically work on drawing gig bodies, especially super heros!

Also I am so excited to announce that I am starting to offer my designs on Printful items in my Etsy shop!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Remembering My 2017 Gigs!

 The pic. on the top is a caricature I did of a woman at a bank conference, I did last May with two other caricaturists! The one on the right and the one below are caricatures I did at The Boys and Girl Club Camp of Gardiner, Me, last August.

I did this caricature at a Women's Leadership Conference in Boston, in November.

I did this caricature at Traipp Academy's Project Graduation last June, which was held in Laconia, NH, near Weir's Beach.
This one was done at an open house at Kittery Community Center in Kittery, Maine in May, 2017.

I did this caricature of this lovely lady at The Franklin County Fair, last September!
This one was done at The National Event at Kittery Community Center last August. Lots of people attended and the Elvis impersonator was actually really good!

I did this at a wedding in North Berwick, Maine in November, 2017!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Diversity in Children's Books

A number of years ago, I went to a children's book conference at the University of Mass. with some friends. We got to see Tomie Di Paola (StregaNona, etc.) speak about his Italian-Irish family and how he based many of his books on his upbringing in that culture. 

One of the workshops I took that day was presented by the noted African-American children's book illustrator James Ransome. He showed slides of his work and discussed his method of illustration and especially how he used composition to compliment the action in his books! After the workshop I got to ask him a question I had because I was working on a children's book at the time that featured an African-American child. 

I asked about illustrating children from a different culture or race of your own. I had recently read an article saying that illustrators or writers should stay within their own race or culture in their artistic endeavors. In other words, since I'm white do I have the right to illustrate a child of color, and can I be accurate in doing so even if I am not of that race or culture?
He was very kind and encouraging and said that as long as you research your subject well, anyone should be able to write or illustrate any race or culture. He mentioned that he had created illustrations of white people and had always wanted to be very accurate in his portrayal! I was so grateful for that interchange and glad that I had had the chance to meet him!

Here's a quote by James Ransome stressing the need for illustrators of all races to create children's books that represent minorities!

Q. Do you feel there is a lack of books out there to show minority children images of themselves?
 "I think the industry is changing, but I think there's lots of room for more books about different kids. Usually, the burden is put on African-Americans or Hispanics or Asians to do books about themselves, so they can be represented. If an illustrator is doing a book, why not have some of the kid's friends be of different nationalities? So often, the burden of inclusion is dealt with only by minorities. It's not dealt with by white illustrators. Without it being written in the text, I would like to see more of that. I think that would help everyone. The responsibility is not just with minorities trying to depict minorities indifferent situations. Everyone should be trying to do it.

Below is a great video by my favorite illustration teacher, Will Terry about diversity in children's books.

Here are some of my illustrations  and drawings featuring diversity!

Kamal's Day and Babysitter Blues make great Ayyam-i-ha gifts!

Kamal's Day and Babysitter Blues make great gifts!

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