Posts Tagged ‘Shawna JC Tenney’

Jack and the Beanstalk

February 26, 2011

I’ve been a bit swamped and haven’t been able to fit in a new fairy tale image.  But this illustration is from “The Truth About Ogres” that I illustrated for Picture Window Books.  Jack and the Beanstalk!!  Happy Fairy Tales to you!!

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My Book is on Sale!

January 7, 2011

Hi y’all.  Here’s a book I illustrated that is now for sale on Amazon!  Just thought I’d spread the happy news!

C’est les trois poules français!

December 15, 2010

Le troisième jour de Noël, mon véritable amour m’a donné, trois poules français…
Who said those two years of French in High School and four semesters in College just to obtain my BFA were totally usless?? Joyeux Noël!

The Lump of Coal

December 8, 2010

I have many favorite holiday books and here is one of my favorites.  I ran into this little treasure a few years back.  I am a great fan of Lemony Snicket’s sarcastic dark humor.  This book that is illustrated by Brett Helquist is about none other than a lump of coal.  Great humor, but also a great moral and ending.

Thumbnails and Color Studies

December 3, 2010

Here are a couple of things that are very helpful to me when I am illustrating a book.

First, before I do the actual sketches for the book, I will lay my whole book out in “thumbnail sketch” form. I use a spread template that I made in Illustrator.  I tape each spread up, and it is easy to change individual spreads and tape up new ones.  It’s good to just push quickly through these thumbnails and then you can easily see where you need to improve and draw new ones.

Another helpful thing to do after your sketches are all set and approved is to make black and white studies and/or color studies.  This helps you work out any value problems and color issues before you get the the final.  I have found these have actually helped me save time a lot of times and made my life a lot easier!  I usually can make a color study really quickly in Photoshop.  Don’t be afraid to make these really quick and sloppy, just so you get a good idea a where general colors and values should go.