Something clicked for me after MATS A, and that's the concept of joy in one's work. I connected it finally with the idea of creating magic in an illustration. It's something I have struggled with for a long time, and am always working on. So, this past week, I made it a point to focus on this element and re-work some past illustrations.
I started with my sketches from the Global Talent Search back in 2013. I loved my sketches for this project, but ended up submitting something completely different and kicked myself afterward.
Anyway, I worked with this palette which I used for the competition and that I love, and it helped me focus on just having fun and making a sweet little repeat.
|original illustration from 2013
Next, I thought of a different concept with the playground scenario. What if the playground animals came alive at night and had fun jumpin' around in a magical firefly forest after dark? So, I re-inked the original sketches, illustrated all-new spring animals, and created a night-time palette to help me focus on illustrating. Here is what I came up with:
|alternate night time theme, 2015
Wouldn't it be so cool if it came in actual glow-in-the-dark fabric? I keep thinking of a pajama set for my little guy that glows in the dark! That would be neat!