Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 31, 2010

Illustrator Saturday – Kathy Temean

Little did I think when I started Illustrator Saturday, that I would have to post my own work because I couldn’t get another illustrator to fill the spot.  But, here I am doing just that. 

I write and illustrate and wish I had time to more of both.  Last year I did a cover for Deacon Magazine, which I drew directly into Photoshop using my Wacom Tablet.  I am a techie person and have become quite skilled at doing this.  In fact, I can draw pretty well, just using the mouse, which I remember thinking was impossible when I first started experimenting with drawing directly on the computer screen. 

I have dozens and dozens of .jpgs that I saved during the progress of doing the cover, but I was able to narrow it down to nine.  The client wanted to portray how a Deacon has to wear many hats and do a bunch of things at one time.  He wanted to have a man on a basketball court, spinning a basketball on his finger and he wanted a child reaching up to get the ball.  He also wanted a hymnal, a tool belt, a tie, striped pants, notes coming out of the book.  I thought you might be interested in seeing it as it progressed.

My thought was that the man would be surronded by children, but the client didn’t like having three children, so I took one out.  The man looked too young and the client wanted him with a big smile, so I gave him glasses to make him look older and changed his mouth.

The client decided he only wanted one child and the man’s arms out more.

Still wasn’t enough movement in the man for the client, so I moved his arms and bent his legs.

Still wasn’t enough action in the man for the client, so to keep the man from toppling over, I suggested putting him on a unicycle.

Then the client decided he wanted people watching from stands, so I cut out some abstract people I was working on in another project and put it in the background.

I thought the color was wrong, so I put a blue wash over the background.

Then I blended and cleaned up things, added a flare with a faint cross, a spotlight, box band for the seating and tried to paint in lines to make the ball seem like it was spinning.

Final Results

Example of paid advertisement.

One of the four paintings comissioned by the McDonald’s Corporation.

Fairy for picture book.

Result of Illustrator’s Day assignment.

One page from picture book dummy – Aunt Lucy using bird feathers to decorate her hat.

Another page with Aunt Lucy walking the dog.

You can see more on my website www.kathytemean.com

If you are an illustrator and want to be featured, please send me a bio, a work showing progression of piece and other jpgs.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Kathy, as always, I’m SO impressed with your work and LOVED seeing the progression of your cover! You did a great job, not that I’m surprised lol I was particularly drawn to the one of the doll house with the little girl pulling her stroller.

    If I can think of something I’ve done of interest, I’ll send it to you, my dear 🙂 I’m also surprised you had no one submitting to you! There are SO many wonderful illustrators in our chapter!
    Donna

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  2. Beautiful illustrations. You must be a very patient person, as I never would have made it through all those revisions for the Deacon magazine cover!

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    • Alissa,

      I made a 128 changes before I finished.

      Kathy

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  3. Of course you should show us your own art! I loved seeing a little of your art. Thanks so much for the progression–it’s a big job to get things right for clients, isn’t it? And, I can’t believe you can draw like that on a computer! That is truly a gift. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art, Kathy.

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    • Pam,

      Thanks for the kind words. When did you change you blog?

      Kathy

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  4. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent, Kathy! Absolutely wonderful illustrations!

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  5. Absolutely wonderful illustrations! Thanks for sharing you amazing talent, Kathy!

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  6. Is there an echo in here? hahaha =)

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  7. Kathy I loved hearing about and seeing your process. Fascinating. Thank you. It’s amazing how talented you are, and clearly busy, yet you find the time to help/educate those of us who are lucky enough to be a part of njscbwi. Rock on Fearless Leader!

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    • Mimi,

      And we’re lucky to have you.

      Kathy

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  8. Hi Kathy, Thanks for sharing your work! I’m new to the Wacom tablet and admire your tremendous skills, especially all the changes you made to meet the client’s requests…!! I also admire your use of the various mediums and all the different ‘looks’ you create! WOW! Thanks again!

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    • Kathy,

      Thank you for the kind words.

      Kathy

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  9. fantastic work Kathy…loved watching the evolution of the Deacon cover which ultimately looked fabulous! Love your warm colors and well painted shadows…

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    • Tracey,

      Thanks! If I had know I wold need to put my own stuff up, I would have had time to look for other works in progress and would have been able to look for the original sketches.

      Kathy

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  10. Thanks Kathy,
    This is a valuable forum. I enjoyed your process. Love the unicycle idea!

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    • Elena,

      I am so glad you are visiting. Thanks for letting me know.

      Kathy

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    • Elena,

      Forgot to ask how your artwork got up in the SCBWI rotating banner. Loved to know.

      Kathy

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  11. I’m so glad you highlighted yourself for Illustrator Saturday — I’ve told you this before, but I’ll say it again — I think you’re amazingly talented, Kathy!!!
    Connie

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  12. Great work!
    CB

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  13. So glad you posted about your own work because you’re very talented

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