Monday, June 11, 2012

Google Images for Illustrators

When I was in college I took a storyboarding class where the professor encouraged us to always look at examples of what we're drawing... before we drew it. I was almost 20 years old at the time and it was a revelation! I thought my whole life that artists were just supposed to 'know' how to draw things. It turns out... to really be a great artist or illustrator you should study your subject.  Now at age 30, I'm lucky enough to have Google Images; a wonderful alternative to sifting through thousands of magazines or books at the library.  
Found this cutie as a reference for the raccoon's face.
Visit the site here
Drew my own raccoon for a card illustration I was working on.
You can view it here
So, the next time you need a little inspiration before creating your work of art, just type your subject into Google Images and check out all the wonderful examples available to you. Remember to credit the inspiration behind your work when necessary!

Happy Creating!
;) Ashley

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy 2012!

A. Lucas 2011
Hi Everyone! Just wanted to repost something that appeared in this month's SCBWI Bulletin. I wrote in to the 'Art Tips' section with some advice for fellow illustrators. (Thank you Alison for posting!)

I think one of the hardest things for an artist to do is stay positive!  I know I myself have had crazy ups and downs while doubting the potential success of my artwork and my abilities.  The best advice I can offer is to simply believe in yourself every single day, not just the days you receive positive reinforcement from others!  Also, surround yourself with objects you love in your studio, let in plenty of sunlight, and accompany your work sessions with music you can't live without.  It also doesn't hurt to get out once a day for that coveted cup or coffee or tea from the cafe around the corner.  Remember, interaction with people is ultimately the key to your success ;) Ashley Lucas

Writers and illustrators... please feel free to post your own advice below as a comment. Would love to hear your tips and advice!

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Japanese Bookstore Inspires

The other day I went to a new bookstore near Bryant Park in New York City.  I honestly can't tell you the last time I was truly that excited and inspired! Kinokuniya Bookstore is three floors of japanese comics, literature, crafting books, magazines, stationery and toys. There's even a cafe with sweet goodies on the top floor ;) Maybe it's because I study Japanese trends on a daily basis for my own illustrations, but I find the trends and look of the characters quickly becoming a staple in American children's illustration and culture. 

With social media such a popular trend at the moment, books such as 'MEET MAMESHIBA!" have shot off the charts due to the accompanying videos and interactive games online.  Children's authors and illustrators can learn a lesson here and be sure to offer plenty of interactive media, blog posts and contests on their websites.  I know it takes time, but in the end it's worth it!
Happy Creating!
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