Lynne  Chapman
Project

Picture Book Characters

This little study for a picture book character was created using the techniques I cover in my class. I can teach you how to make a little girl who is cute and fun, rather than being too realistic, and how to use props, like the goldfish bowl, to bring a story to your drawing. Though the class itself deals with the actual drawing of the characters, you can see how simply a little watercolour can be used to add colour to your graphite line work and turn it into a fully-fledged illustration!

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Lynne Chapman made Picture Book Characters with:

Expressive Picture Book Characters

Online Class

Expressive Picture Book Characters

with Lynne Chapman

Project Description

This little study for a picture book character was created using the techniques I cover in my class. I can teach you how to make a little girl who is cute and fun, rather than being too realistic, and how to use props, like the goldfish bowl, to bring a story to your drawing. Though the class itself deals with the actual drawing of the characters, you can see how simply a little watercolour can be used to add colour to your graphite line work and turn it into a fully-fledged illustration!

Q&A with Lynne Chapman

becajohns16589997 asked:
Dear Lynne, I really admire your work and you have inspired to get to know the Artwork with chalk pastel. It is really new to me. Please kindly let me ask you three questions: 1.- How do you protect, store at your house and how you present your work to the publishers. 2.- How do you fix the chalk pastel on the artwork... do you use a special technique? 3.- In your opinion, what kind of pastel should be used. Soft chalk pastel, hard chalk pastel ?... As I said I sincerely thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge and talent with everybody even to those, we are just starting to explore this wonderful valley of colour. Sincerely thank you. Kind regards, Beca
Lynne Chapman answered:
Hello! So pleased to hear that you enjoy my work. I don't really fix the pastel work - I spray it half way through generally, but the colours are ruined by fixative. I mount the illustration on lightweight card and stick a paper overlay over the artwork, hinged at the top edge, so the work is always protected but can be viewed. This is how i9t is sent to the publisher and how it is stored, in a drawer. You can use any pastel - it's a personal preference and depends on your style and paper. I don't like very soft, but don't like hard either, which don't mix as easily. My hot tip is to work large. Much easier. Have fun!
lyndouv16482061 asked:
I love this little girl! Do you have a name for her? She would make a good children's book character. Have you thought of writing one with her? Good luck!
Lynne Chapman answered:
Thanks you - glad you like her! No, she has not yet found her way into a story, so has no name, poor thing. I think she looks like a Lena...

Skill Level

Beginner