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Hello! Gregory has put forth two illustrations created and hand-coloured on scraperboard/scratchboard.
Gregory’s pictures brought back fond memories of discovering the tools and trade of linoleum printmaking in studio art class. I loved it! So tactile and deliberate. Like the scraperboard in many ways. It’s nice to see this illustration medium in action. Thank you, Gregory.
In the first picture there’s a dog salivating over the smells of the city. I think the smells are wonderfully captured in the illustrated swirl. Much of it left to our imagination because the spot art in the swirl is not absolutely clear, but it is somehow specific and powerful. We know the smells! The wiggle in the dog’s nose as he discerns the smells is my favorite part of the illustration, sending home the keenness of the dog’s sense of smell. Right along with the eyelashes and expressive brows. Just great. The collar suggests that the dog has a home, so the salivating is a bit more endearing than threatening. The city buildings are clustered on the dog’s back, and while I get and read the suggestion of the city through the stylized placement, I wonder if the buildings wouldn’t be more effective if they were strategically and realistically (vertically) placed in the background behind the dog, standing upright and in perspective. Additional green additions of trees might suggest a middle ground if the dog is meant to be outside of the city a bit. All in all, the close up is a good interaction for the viewer, and a wonderful way to show off the texture provided by the medium.
In the second spread, I’ll assume that we’re ‘in’ the city, and my read of the piece is that the butcher (apron/knife) has run into the street either to stop/greet/save the dog or chase down the dog. It’s unclear mostly because of the dog’s position and expression. The butcher is very intense and motivated…for something. But the dog is very passive despite being in the street amongst cars. I’m interested to know more. I love the bristle of hair on the butcher’s head. And again the textures are rich. IF the dog is meant to be the same dog we’re introduced to in spread 1 (I think he is) then Gregory needs to make that connection undeniable. Right now, the dog in spread 2 is a very different beast. In looks and attitude. The wrinkle in the snout is there and the collar and the coloring, but we’ve lost the connection to the dog as character. His eyes have dimmed in the second piece, and he’s not actively participating like the butcher.
My very best to you and your continued work, Gregory!
Thank you Nicole for sharing your thoughts and expertise with us. I look forward to next Sunday.
Here’s Gregory’s bio:
Gregory is a freelance illustrator based in Sydney, Australia. He works mostly in editorial & children’s literature. These works are hand-coloured scraperboard but he works in a variety of media including digital.
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If you do not have an agent and would like to be featured and hear what is working or how it could be tweaked to help you sell your work, then please send Two or Three SEQUENTIAL illustrations (Two/three with the SAME “story/characters”) to:
Kathy.temean (at) gmail.com. Illustrations should be at least 500 pixels wide and your name should be in the .jpg title. Please put ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO in the subject area and include a blurb about yourself that I can use to introduce you to everyone.
Each Sunday one illustrator will be featured.