We finally had our Illustration workshop with Pat Cummings last Saturday. It was a full day that started at 8:30 in the morning and didn’t end until about 6:30 in the evening. Yes, we went over our scheduled time frame but everyone was able to spend more one-on-one time with Pat during our portfolio reviews. Thank you Pat for an incredible day.
Pat shared with us her insight on what makes and effective Promotional piece for a children’s illustrator. The pre-workshop assignment was to select a well know fairytale and produce one image that would make the story easily identifyable to the viewer. She engouraged to use as many of the following in order to make the piece striking and stand out to an art director: ACTION, SPECIFIC MOOD, DRAMATIC LIGHTING, UNIQUE COLOR PALETTE, DYNAMIC SCALE, PATTERN, FACIAL EXPRESSIVENESS, UNUSUAL PERSPECTIVE, DISTINCTIVE LINE, INTERESTING TEXTURE, and P.O.V. At the workshop Pat went through each illustration in detail offered suggestions on what can be done to improve the art. The result were many very nice pieces that will no doubt attact attention.
Here is Pat with Michelle, Juana and myself at the workshop. The person missing is Kathy Parks who was such an integral part of getting this workshop put together. Thank you Michelle, Kathy and Juana for your hard work in getting this workshop put together. As always you surpassed expectations.