Karate Contractions

I was supposed to make the apostrophe into a character and have him knocking out the letters to form these three contractions.  I decided to make it a karate character so he could use karate moves.  Kids like karate.  The only thing I’m a little iffy on is making the character white.  I made him fully white because a karate gee is all white.  I actually tried drawing it in a bit more detail so that the shirt was fully defined, but that just didn’t look right.  When I colored the “skin” of the apostrophe, it looked even worse.  So, I decided all-white without much detail looked best.  The black belt is the important bit, I think.

Karate Contractions

These are for a textbook project for Hart Mcleod.

Poets

Here’s the finished version of an illustration for Hart Mcleod.

Poets
The original discription wanted a poet breaking up and reattaching words to make new words.  Specifically January + August = Januaugust and October + September = Octember.  Several suggestions on how to do this were given, including making the words into logs that are being cut apart with a saw and nailed together with a hammer.

I chose this interpretation because two poets allowed me to show both the sawing and nailing in one image instead of two panels.  It showed that both boys and girls can be poets.  It showed a girl using a hand tool, which is always a good thing in my view.  They’re beatniks because it’s about the closest thing to a poet’s uniform I could think of.  If they’d been older, I would have given the boy the stereotypical beatnik goatee, but I wanted them to be kids, so I couldn’t.

The colors came from the sample layout that went along with the assignment.  Not exactly the colors I’d have chosen, but they should go well with the final pages.  I haven’t run a test print yet, so the colors may be off a bit.

I think it turned out pretty well.  This is the most complex of the images in this project.