Illustration for “David’s Journey; A Lost Boy of Sudan” 14.5×12″ Oil Pastel on Lt Brown Pastel Paper
With all the people this illustration it was overwhelming at times. It’s difficult to do small figures in pastel, and especially oil pastel. There are a few adjustments I need to make yet, but it’s a relief to have it mostly done.
Since there is no school facilities in David’s village, they have school under the trees to get out of the sun. There are lots of people in this one, and the sun against the trees is always a challenge
The figure forms and colors were of interest to me in this illustration. Oil Pastel on Light Brown Pastel Paper 14.5″x12″
This is for a picture book. A version of Soccer is popular in South Sudan, I can’t imagine playing bare foot!
I roughed in the first layer of color, keeping it light. I will rub it into the paper with a firm colour shaper. Oil Pastel on Light Brown Pastel Paper, 14.5″x12″
I wanted to do this one next to practice the heads, because some of the illustrations have many more people on them. I decided to refine the heads more with pastel pencil, which helped tremendously. Oil pastel on light brown pastel paper. 14.5″x12″
Here is the completed illustration for David in Khor Wacow. This was challenging in deciding how to render people from different distances like the one of the walking crowd, but this one has a head shot. This works well, but I think I need to back and lighten the ground in the foreground for the text.