Monday, January 31, 2011

Random Princess Gigi page

Remember the storybook (the non-giant sized one) I mentioned a while back? Well, here's another teaser page for you ;) Currently I'm looking into copy-writing procedures so I can protect the concept a bit before sharing the entire story, as simple as it may be. I'm pretty proud of the way it came out.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And they all lived happily ever after

The beanstalk has fallen!!!
Remember this scene? Well, we attached the beanstalk panel with a 6' long piano hinge, also known as a continuous hinge, so it could be revealed as the story progressed. The interesting part was matching the background on the back-side of the beanstalk panel. 

And there's the last page of the book. 
Tomorrow I will actually take the time to spruce up a couple of the end result pics to show you the pages sequentially. Until then, keep warm! :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Yay Marti Simmons!!

Today Marti and I attacked The next scene for Jack and the Bean Stalk. Jack's house and fold out panel for the bean stalk. The following photos are courtesy of Marti and her beautiful cannon camera. Also the awesome background is a photo of Marti's. Thank you Marti!!!

Yay! Bean stalkery!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beanstalking Jack

PS. The post yesterday was of a set design I'm working on for UCONN Opera. Giant storybook, lots of happy painting with latex paints. I'm discovering that a quart of each of the general colors I need is plenty for a project this size. Which is really good to know for future reference.On the castle page I used white, dark blue, raw sienna, yellow-green, and dark green.

I've been using glidden paint from Home Depot. It's wonderful because it's cheap, plentiful, and you get exactly the color you want without spending time mixing down from the basic colors. You don't however have the ability to do nice glazes unless you get the pigment mixed into one of the "faux glaze" bases they sell.  But if you're going for a thicker kind of look, then it works just fine.

The key to painting on wood (like I'm doing here) is using a good primer. Otherwise it will take a couple coats of colored paint to cancel out the wood grain underneath.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

once upon a time

Once upon a time
January was
a magical time
for an artist named 

Her life was wrapped up
in fairytales
big and small.

She worked long days and
Building and painting
and painting a building
to make a storybook for the Giants.

Her bookmaking was progressing well.
Although  the ferocious winter winds wailed
outside her door
She kept on going. 

And slowly but surely the tale took shape.

Monday, January 3, 2011

And the new year starts with a bang!

Just a little update in the life o' Jeanette:

  • today I began my first day as a substitute teacher for my favorite children's theater. Am I in over my head? Absolutley. Am I totally pyched to be teaching? Absolutey!!!! the kids seem pretty cool and generally mellow- they need a little encouragement, but I'm good at that. So I think the next couple weeks are going to be a new brand of fun. :)
  • Set design for an operatic production of Jack and the Beanstalk coming up. I have my first meeting on Wednesday. This one's going to be some stunning illustration style painting and I can't wait to get started.
  • Officiallygoing to Poets corner again-- This time I get to bring my brilliant poet sister along with me!
Hello 2011! I'm rested and ready for you! So Let's dance ;)