One of my goals this summer is to practice drawing more children. My dream is to be a children’s book illustrator, and as a children’s book illustrator, I, well, would need to draw a lot of children. I’ve noticed that art students often copy the masters to learn drawing and painting techniques. Why not apply this to children’s book illustration as well? One of my favorite illustrators is Tomie dePaola. I’ve decided to copy some of his drawings in my sketchbook. Not only is this one good way to practice drawing a certain subject, but by doing so, I also get a better feel for style and conveying emotion.
Inspiration, among other results, comes out of this process. I discover the desire to keep going, adding my own details, expressions, costumes. Below, you can see another sketch that shows some characteristics of dePaola’s work.