Bowling for Dinosaurs
From Books Around The Table, Bowling for Dinosaurs
A question I often get asked is, Do I use photos to draw from when I illustrate?
The answer is Yes and No. I try to draw from my imagination as much as possible, but there are times when a photo captures more details than my imagination can conjure up.
For example, when I was working on Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer last year, I drew many of the kid images without photo reference.
Children are my favorite drawing subjects. I love the expressive way they move.
But Dinosaur Thunder has a scene that involves bowling angels. If it was dancing angels or sleeping angels, I could probably have managed it, but bowling is not really my thing.
So I invited my friend Todd, a former bowling team member, and his kids to join me and mine at to our local bowling alley. I was able to get some valuable shots that day. It’s the little details that make all the difference.
And the shoes. I had to get reference for the shoes. My eldest daughter modeled these stylish gems for me.
This is how the image turned out.
Thanks to good friends, cooperative children and a decent camera, I was able to get details necessary to embellish upon my imagination. Sometimes you just have to go out in the field and do some serious research.
I have more dinosaur tales to tell, so stay tuned for future installments…