DADDY AND BABY DINOSAUR FOR NOAH
"Daddy and Baby Dinosaur" is something I developed as a nursery print for my Grandson's (Noah) nursery wall after my son had asked me to produce some images for the new bedroom. He wanted something more personal than the "Mama's and Papa's" stock imagery. Although I had been guided to some images that the new parents "liked" I was keen not to copy anything I had seen before and try to continue the style I was developing at the time. The initial concept of the Dinosaur grew and grew into something extremely personal. This process is very organic, never forced or restrained. I am willing to get it wrong. It matters not one bit. I continue to fight "Perfectionism". It is a soul sucking, unachievable way of life that only leads to depression and anxiety. What matters most to me is that I find time to be creative after so many years of neglecting my passion for art and design. Perfectionism puts the shackles on creativity, stops us from speaking honestly and presenting our most authentic selves to the world. There will be work on this website that doesn't impress, there will be mistakes within the text, mistakes within the design. It could probably work better regards content and style, it may come across as a jumble of styles that will never make me a commercial success? But if I worried about ALL of that, like I used to, then none of the work would ever be produced let alone published online and I would be suffering as a result. That is not a sensible way to live, much more sensible to say "Here I Am" and "I'm worthy of belonging." One day I might even be brave enough to "Promote" that fact but for now "I am ENOUGH". I can honestly say that my life has changed immeasurably over the last two years and now recognise the importance of creativity and a "Wholehearted" approach to everyday life. I would recommend the books of "Brene Browne" to anyone who may need help to make sense of a world where they feel they do not belong. The tagline is Dr Maya Angelou's quote "Be a Rainbow in somebody else's cloud". an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Please view the link below to see Maya Angelou's description of where the quote originated. It's a beautiful thing I'm sure you will agree?
The day my father died I witnessed a very bright rainbow whilst driving. It is something I came to believe was a sign. In the year before he died we were due to take my Mum to Portugal for her 70th birthday but the trip was postponed after my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. After he passed, we made the trip. As we flew, a large rainbow appeared directly on the wing of the plane. To me, this was him travelling with us. Rainbow's now have a very significant meaning in my life and that is why I have tried to use this as a motif within the illustration for my Grandson. A way for his Great Grandad to be present in his life and some sound advice on how to live from Dr Maya Angelou.
I have added a few of the development stages to illustrate my workflow .The initial pencil sketches are scanned and then the linework is vectorized in "Inkscape".
A flat, greyscale image is then produced to see if the composition works on a tonal basis.
I then choose a limited palette and import the vector linework into "GIMP" where I begin the colourization process. Once the flat colours have been checked and matched to the greyscale image I begin to shade and add texture to the illustration.
Finally small details are added and slight adjustments to opacity and hue of the various layers are played with until I am happy with the results.
If the thought of getting creative with FREE software is something that appeals then I urge you to search out GIMP and INKSCAPE on the internet as great starting point for a windows based Raster and Vector solution. You can get some really professional quality results to compete with the Adobe based, expensive likes of Photoshop and Illustrator IMHO. Use my contact page if you need any advise and I will do what I can to help.