whats your usual drawing process? traditional to digital? or just digital? (your tags cover so many mediums but some of them just say photoshop and i was confused if you just forgot or if you only used photoshop.)
If I do something traditionally, it’s almost entirely traditional. I just use photoshop to enhance colors and make any edits that can’t be done on paper. If something has a tag and it only says ‘photoshop,’ then I did that piece entirely with photoshop. :)
Dear Aranda, what font did you usually used for your children's book s text? I need some suggestion, thank you..
Here is the font I’ve used frequently, it’s called "Bountiful" It’s got a lot of character, otherwise I just use basic fonts that came with the operating system. I’m not a letterer though, so I just used whatever seemed to compliment the artwork. Good luck! :)
Your art is so good! I love you choices of colour and all the details you put in your work. I find that your characters' concepts are especially really interesting and dynamic! I was wondering, what process do you usually go through when creating one?
Thank you, darling! I’m glad you like my characters.
Usually I start with a basic idea for a character in my head, probably from the result of daydreaming. Then as time goes on I find things in the world that inspire and remind me of the character (people, images, movies) and I take note. After that I usually start with a preliminary sketch to get a feel for what the character might look like, throw out a lot of thumbnail figure sketches to get the body shape and clothes design, and then do final drawings. Here’s an example of the process of designing Moira from Moira’s Box:
So is Moira's box a web comic you could read somewhere?
Moira’s Box is a storybook I’m working on about a friendship between a girl and a ghost boy, and the mystery surrounding his death. There’s going to be a 5-page interactive illustration released soon (for free~), with a simplified version of the first chapter.
I just stumbled upon your blog and man oh man, inspiring stuff. Any tips to a person who just realized they want to be a free lance illustrator/ concept artist/ character designer? I've always loved thinking of characters and design fascinating landscapes, what element do you enjoy the most?
I really enjoy character the most. You can put character in absolutely everything, not just people. Even objects can have unique character. Anything an illustrator can design can have personality, humor, quirks, etc. It’s such fun! My highest recommendation for any inspiring artist is to go to art school, especially one that offers an accredited major for illustration. There is a lot more to illustration that just what one sees and is inspired from. There’s hundred’s of years of discovery, technique and practice that can be used to make successful illustrations. It is really worth learning about.