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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Children's Book Illustration: Vicuna

They're not llamas.
They're a much cuter cousin.

They're called Vicuna and they live in the Andean Mountains. I learned all
about them as part of my assignment
creating a concept for a 
children's book illustration.
Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna -- Sweet and Saucy, giving Raspberries!

What do you look for in children's books?
Cheeky little characters?
Finely detailed art?
Graphic shapes and colors?


I explored a variety of moods and approaches
with this assignment.


I painted Vicuna with watercolors...
Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna

and played around with different marks and textures, even getting a bit strange with some choices.


Then I just painted watercolor patterns,  manipulating and layering them digitally to merge with my Vicuna shapes...
Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna
which achieved a dreamy and ephemeral look.

Next, I used color pencils...
Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna
which created a nice, soft look. The watercolor flora and clouds bring in a bit of dreaminess again.


Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna -- Sweet Version. The Saucy one is giving Raspberries!

But in the end I fell in love with the gouache version. Here she is embellished with watercolor Peruvian lilies and rug.

I enjoyed making her sweet, but then wanted to have my characters do something a bit playful, maybe even a bit ornery. 

Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna -- Sweet and Saucy, giving Raspberries!


So I painted them giving raspberries.

Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna -- Sweet and Saucy, giving Raspberries!

You can see my assignment and other
artists' take on it at the 
Make Art That Sells Bootcamp Gallery
{HERE}

On a more serious note,
Vicuna have been hunted for their
exquisitely soft fur, which pushed them to
endangered status.

The people of the Andes
conduct a round-up every 3 years
to shear the Vicuna. It takes that long to
grow the fur. Vicuna have slowly made a comeback, but poaching still happens.

May the Vicuna with their
big dark eyes and lashes be free
to roam and play
in the Andes
forevermore!


2 comments:

  1. This is very cute! I love that at the same time you are bringing awareness about the poaching of this beautiful animal.

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