Illustrations by Nancy C. Sampson

Posts from the ‘sketch’ category

I began an online class assignment in 2014 on the subject of hand-lettering a quote. It’s a good thing that the class is “work at your own pace;” I have been itching to get back to it and have a new sketch to show for it! This is the central image, I will be adding the rest of the quote and embellishments as I continue.

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I began using Pinterest last year as an experiment to showcase my artwork and my illustrated characters’ lives as well as images or subjects that inspire my creativity. I have recently found it useful as a way to collect images for research related to my illustration projects.

I am taking part in an online Skillshare class about hand-lettering, and the main lesson revolves around choosing a quote to draw. I’m using Pinterest to collect the images I’d like to use as style and inspiration reference for when I am ready to begin sketching my ideas. The quote I have chosen is from the TV show, “Dr. Who.” I won’t reveal it right now, but I will share the Pinterest reference board and more about my work as I work through the lessons for the class: Hand-lettering Class Research Pinboard.

 

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Here’s an image from a booklet about Adele and Henrí that I intend on self-publishing in print and tablet forms. I’ll share more details once I am closer to being finished. If you scroll down you’ll see the first finished illustration and a sketch for another that I will begin soon.

Are you on Twitter? Adele is now twittering, as is my pigeon friend, Percival Featherington III. You can find them under these Twitter handles: @Adele_18th and @Percival_F3

This tip is travel related: “Attach a decorated basket to your bicycle.”
Henrí’s though bubble will be “This one is nicely sized!”

Adele’s tip for adding French style to your wardrobe: “Accessorize with scarves!”
Henrí’s reaction: “Mmmmf! Mmmf!”

Au revoir, thanks for checking in!

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Above is a sketch I did as a tribute to the famous Brassai photo of the Montmatre steps from the early 1930s.
http://www.amazon.com/Escaliers-Montmartre-Paris-Poster-Brassa%C3%AF/dp/B0000WJIPQ

It is going to be a very small part of the Adele book I’m working on, and I wanted to include it since I have been an admirer of his work for a long time. I haven’t worked on the page that it appears on yet, so you’ll be seeing it again in its smaller form, as part of Adele’s blog. The story is partly told in the present tense along with important excerpts from Adele’s blog/journal.

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In this post I have to be honest, I am not good at drawing hands. Since my college figure drawing classes, rendering that body part has always given me the most trouble. In my sketches, they end up looking like “Attack of The Claw,” sausages, (as one of my Illustration professors put it), or worse! So please bear that in mind when you look at the next page of Adele’s story. The “hand” that appears here is definitely better than how they usually come out, but I think Adele’s hands should look more elegant, so I’ll be working on that some more.

Also, I have been uploading the pages out of order, this is page 2, page 1 was posted on May 25.

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