Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Seeing Red!



It's amazing how great it feels to get the most mundane things done sometimes. In my case, it has been the process of collaging all of the backgrounds for a new children's book. But today really took a great leap. After having done all of the collage work, I was finally able to start adding the background color which is a cadmium red. I know it seems crazy to paint all of the groundwork that I just spent numerous hours creating, but it pays off big time by the time my final illustrations are done. The only problem now is to find space to leave all of these wet sheets. Good thing I am not currently using my ironing board! So, on to the next stage which is adding all of the detail work. I have 28 of these illustrations to finish in the next 5 weeks and am sure to have many a late nights. Within the next 2 weeks I should be able to start posting some of the actual images for you.



In other news, am working on getting a children's book illustration exhibit going here at the Elk River Arts Alliance gallery. I think it could really be a fun opportunity to display some of the illustrations I have done for various books and create a fun little work space in the gallery for the kids to create their own magical stories. Hopefully I will have a date for that in the next few days and will be sure to spread the word when I find out. Until then, have fun creating!

6 comments:

Janvangogh said...

Does it give you a hankering for spaghetti? :-)

Shawn McCann said...

You betcha! Got noodles!

Nina said...

I could loan you our ironing board, I can't even remember the last time we used it!!! Keep up the great work, I'm glad I "red" your blog!

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Nina! I think I am good on space for time being. I am glad that you "red" my blog!

cynthia said...

Very cool Shawn! Those red canvases really caught my attention. Can't wait to see the illustrations.

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Cynthia. They are a little hard to ignore in the studio. Can't wait to show the progress on them.