Men, Mules, & "Ish"

Lisa Wilson left a comment on my posting of a few days ago referring to a children’s book by Peter Reynolds entitled, Ish (sorry…I have no link to Lisa as she didn’t leave one). Upon Googling Ish, it turns out the book can be read online, or rather, it’s read to YOU online! I won’t give the plot away, I’ll just say it’s a story encouraging creativity and to not allow criticism–from others or self–to get in our way. So here’s the link to read Ish and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Also, Peter Reynolds is founder of FableVision. I had found his site a year or so ago and was quite enamored by his work and vision. He has a personal website, too, which is here.

Thanks, Lisa, for reminding me of Peter and the reference to his book, Ish!

Men & Mules—Done!

I finished the piece that included the men and mules so thought I’d post it along with the rough…and maybe a close-up.

Close-up of mules:

I’m satisfied with the results, however there’s something about the roughs I do that I find more interesting than the actual final pieces. It’s a fine line to keep a piece looking and feeling fresh and not overworking it in some respect. Hard to explain but I think y’all know what I’m saying.

4 Responses to Men, Mules, & "Ish"
  1. Courtney
    June 30, 2005 | 3:25 pm

    I love the ish story. Rings so true and I love the illustrations, they remind me of William Steig (one of my favorite illustrators). Also, I know what you mean about the finished piece. Usually, the initial sketch is my favorite piece, it’s so fresh and original. Then, you build and build and get frustrated as you work and fix and work and build so that by the time you have the final piece, you are done with it, ready to move on. I do love that drawing though. 😉

  2. Charlie
    June 30, 2005 | 4:40 pm

    Those two ish stories were great.

    Talking in general terms (not about this piece or your work), when I see initial sketches and artists general sketches I often prefer those to their more ‘painterly’ finsihed works as there just seems to be something more accessible and energetic about the sketches where the finished works feel almost too polished and laboured over. The sketches have more charm.

    Kind of like a country cottage, one painted and finished to sheer prefection another clean and tidy but with some slighly peeling paint and warped wood, the second has the right charm.

    Those mules look like the way I feel after a long day on the road!

  3. KimC
    July 1, 2005 | 10:17 am

    I know exactly what you are saying. But both are really fun to see.

  4. Cin
    July 2, 2005 | 7:17 pm

    yes, I do like the line work and energy of the initial sketch, but I also really like the dust clouds in the finished version (beautifully done !) and the way you’ve brought ou the expressions more. Both really work well, the hardest part for me would be to choose between them.

    Also the “Ish” link is terrific, thanks for that, and here is another that I thought you might enjoy if you haven’t seen it already. It’s to a dummy book that illustrator Henrik Drescher put on-line, his idea for another childrens book. It’s called “ish, bish, fish” . I love it.