Saturday, November 28, 2009

First Draft of story illustration

From "The fairy Grandmother" Grandma visits!

11 comments:

Moineau En France said...

wow, doesn't get much better than that, mary. what a treat this book is going to be for your readers! i love her face, her loving smile, and the simple faces of the kids searching that mirror with awe, curiosity, shyness... the wallpaper adds a lot too, seriously! i LOVE it. xoxoxoox

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks so much, Laura.

The grandmother is SUPPOSED to be me, but I made her prettier and younger than me--by accident.

Moineau En France said...

:>>>))))) xoxooxox

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

XOXOXO and thanks :-D

Johnnynorms said...

Hello Mary, I saw this on the Moleskine blog and instantly loved it - your expression, the colours and composition, the way you did the hair, the jigsaw heads! ...and I thought that was you with just a few white hairs missing.

Is it your book you're illustrating?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Hi John, Yeah, I'm trying to illustrate a kids book for my Grandchildren for Christmas, but it's such hard work--I wrote TWO books and I will NEVER get them done in time.

Thanks though fr the vote of confidence!!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Sigh! I wish I were better at doing illos!

This one is the best of the ones I;'ve tried to do.

Moineau En France said...

i imagine that illustrations would be very hard, having to make likenesses AND repeat them (more or less). my friend suggested we build a character around my "oiseau bleu"... ha! nice idea, but i'm lucky i painted him the first time! :>>))

this is such a lovely illustration, mary, the best, but perhaps, just perhaps, you are making too hard if the struggle is with likenesses? have you considered going just a little more caricatural... just an idea, of course.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I have considered it, but am not very good at that, either. And running out of time to practice if I am going to make it for THIS Christmas, as I had hoped to. THANKS> I may try again.

Moineau En France said...

((((mary)))) it will be great, i'm sure of it... you are remarkable. courage, mary! (said in french, bien sûr!) you, you are courageous. LOVE. xoxooxoxoxox

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'm grateful for your confidence (wish I had it myself).