Saturday, April 27, 2013

IF # 25: TRAIN

I didn't manage to post the piece I worked on for this weeks Illustration Friday on time, but here it is. My thinking... you must TRAIN your eye to become an artist.

© Cheryl Kirk Noll, watercolor and colored pencil
I had started this some time ago, but I reformatted it, reworked the main character and added some details. It is for a project I'm working on with my friend Linda.

My friend Linda's new Book: When Rivers Burned

Linda and Lisa signing their book, When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story
Last weekend, I attended a book launch for my friend and writing buddy's new book, "When River's Burned: The Earth Day Story."

Linda Crotta Brennan gave a fascinating presentation at the Audubon Society in Bristol, RI, and signed books with the illustrator and designer, Lisa Greenleaf.

While telling the story of how Earth Day began, this book reminds us that pollution had become a serious issue, and that we should remain vigilant about caring for the earth we inhabit. It is written for 8-12 year olds, although it's a fascinating read for adults as well.

Publisher Muriel Dubois was on hand for the event as well.

I had a surprise treat when I saw that the book that I contributed to, "Women of the Ocean State: 25 Rhode Island Women You Should Know," had just been shipped, and I got my advance copies. Hooray!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Illustration Friday #24: WILD

This week I was doing what turned out to be a color study for a story about my "wild" hedgehog, Henry, who just does NOT want to go to bed! I don't know why, in a cozy bedroom like this one.

I haven't gotten it quite the way I want it yet, but, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

© Cheryl Kirk Noll, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Illustration Friday # 23: URBAN

I was determined to do the Illustration Friday prompt again this week. I pulled out an assignment I did for the class I took last semester at RISD in Adobe Illustrator. We were asked to do a copy of a travel poster, which was lots of fun. After I finished it, I worked on a travel poster for Providence, RI, where I live. This one isn't a copy, but designed using several photos I took of the obelisk and Courthouse  downtown. After finishing it up today, I lost the new work, so I did a quick Photoshop touch up for some of the final details. (sigh).

Providence ©Cheryl Kirk Noll

Monday, April 1, 2013

Illustration Friday # 22: Egg

Happy Easter/ Passover/ Spring to all! Boy, am I ready for Spring! 
Here is a robin hatching from an EGG. 
©Cheryl Kirk Noll