Beth Gismondi

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Underpainting (© 2012 Beth Gismondi)

My “new work” of the week is actually the underpainting of an ongoing illustration project I’ve been working on this month (see the original drawing here). It is by no means a final painting, but rather the monochromatic step that comes before the application of color. It is kind of rough looking, but I made a commitment to posting about my process, warts and all!

I used acryla gouache in raw umber, white, and a tiny bit of ultramarine blue deep for this underpainting layer. I also made sure to leave the lightest parts of the image alone (i.e., Alice and the sky). Next week, I will begin layering color on top, gradually building to the final painting.

Although the underpainting gets completely covered up by color eventually, I really enjoy the process of it. I find that the underpainting helps me to establish my areas of lights and darks (kind of like a map for the color step), and serves as valuable practice for the final painting. By the time I move on to color, I’m already aware of the trickiest parts of the illustration and have a plan for dealing with them (in this illustration, the hardest area is the giant section of grass…I must be a glutton for punishment).

See you on Friday! The furballs will be making their triumphant comeback.

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2012 Caldecott and Newbery Winners

It is an exciting day for children’s book illustrators, writers, and enthusiasts everywhere: the Caldecott and Newbery Medal and Honor winners were announced today at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

Taking home the Caldecott Medal for children’s book illustration was Chris Raschka, for his wordless picture book, A Ball for Daisy.

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka 
(Schwartz & Wade, image via The Horn Book)

Caldecott honors went to Patrick McDonnell (Me…Jane), John Rocco (Blackout), and Lane Smith (Grandpa Green). It is very interesting to note that all four illustrators also wrote the books for which they won. (This doesn’t happen every year.) I am especially excited for John Rocco, as I am a big fan of his work!

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell 
(Little, Brown, image via The Horn Book)

Blackout by John Rocco 
(Hyperion, image via Kirkus Reviews)

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith 
(Roaring Brook Press, image via The Horn Book)

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New Pinterest Board

I’ve been working on some much needed marketing and website maintenance this week. Sometimes, though, a girl needs a break…and that is when new Pinterest mood boards are created! Check out my newest board here:

I’m planning on creating on a new Through the Looking Glass illustration as a companion piece to my earlier painting (see it here). This mood board is going to give me some inspiration, especially for colors and patterns.

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