I'm a 21 years old girl from Germany, currently studying Design and aiming for becoming an illustrator one day. This term I finally got the chance to work on a serious illustration project. We have to make around 9 illustrations for a book we can choose.
This is quite important for me because when I do a good job I'm able to enter Illustration class next term.
I cose "Momo or the grey Gentelmen", a children's book written by Michael Ende.
It's a really fantastic and beautiful story which already got a wonderful movie and nice illustrations but I think, I can go a new way for myself without being too influenced by them.
Well... first, I wasn't really sure, how to start this project. I'm not finished re-reading the book but I got plenty of time this weekend so I decided to start with searching for a general style for the illustrations. I'm sadly not allowed to work digital but well... I'm going to have to be tricky in some places because I want to work with a lot of patterns I actually don't want to draw all by hand.
In the story, there is something called "Hour Flowers", Flowers which only exist for one hour. I want to mix some steampunk style elements in it so I started to design them because they're really important for the story and are probably going to be in every single illustration.
There are realFlowers called "Flower-of-an-Hour" and I went from the original ones to design my own "Clockwork flowers".
Then I searched for some stock pictures of running girls to get a feeling for the character "Momo". I'm still not really sure about the drawing style so I'm definitely going to draw much more but I think it was a good way to start with this project.
Well... my next step is probably practicing drawing feet because this is my weak point...
This project is still really WIP so there's not really anything to critique yet. But I'm going to post more things soon so I put it in the "Critque Center". I hope, you don't mind