I've loved books since I was born. Writing and crafting stories has always been my greatest passions, as well as drawing. And although I could find tons of excellent advice and books explaining how to weave a decent story for a picture book, I still didn’t know how to develop my illustration skills.
There are no illustration courses in my city, and I couldn’t decide on what books to pick or which online classes could offer me the training I need. Not knowing where to start, I was sketching everything I saw, picking tips and tidbits of information here and there, drawing like a headless cucaracha. No matter how hard I tried, I knew all that wasn’t taking me anywhere.
Fortunately, on January I found The Guardian’s How to Draw… series, with piles of easy to follow step-by-step guides, prepared by some of the most amazing children's book illustrators in the world, and that treasure-trove inspired me to come up with this project!
Every day for a year, from February 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016, I will make an illustration inspired on what I’ll learn from each of these guides, doing some crazy experiments based on such lessons, and post the resulting illustration on this blog.
I’ll try to find my style throughout the whole project, which means that I’ll be trying to add my own flavor to the illustrations, besides exploring and experimenting with different materials and techniques.
Throughout this mad venture, I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions. Don’t be shy! It will be great to know your thoughts, ideas and opinions about my illustrations.