After my first try at one of Garth Williams’ beautiful illustrations in the children’s classic, “Charlotte’s Web”, I was looking for another to try for the letter I. Then I flipped back to the cover, and thought I’d have a go at something with color!
I’d originally intended to sketch this in pencil first, and then go over it in ink and erase the pencil. But as I began, I could see an endless road of fussing and erasing….so I decided instead to measure where Fern’s arm started and stopped, and where the lamb’s head ended, how far up Wilbur’s snout started and use those as guides, and then go right in with the ink. I’m really liking the marriage of Mr. Micron to Ms. Watercolor. A match made in heaven!
I enjoyed doing this. It was a nice happy childhood memories revisit, too. I think ink really has found its way to my artwork, for real. It is always scary, because I know there’ll be lots of errors I won’t be able to fix, but there’s a certain freedom in that, too. You get tangled up? Just tango on. That’s what Colonel Slade said, and I think he’s a wiser one than most of us.
Happy Friday eve to all! I hear the music starting….