Friday, May 31, 2013

Island of the Blue Dolphins - cove

Another in my series of illustrations for Island of the Blue Dolphins. For references I looked at lot of photos of caves with water, like this one:

Here's my original thumbnail, which is literally about the size of a thumbnail:

And here is my preliminary color comp:

At first I really liked this scene, but as I kept working, I began to feel like it was missing something. Whenever I feel stuck, I consult with my classmate Young Kim. He used his concept art experience to take my little scene to a grander level, by suggesting that I zoom out and make more interesting silhouettes with the rock.

I had to finish this in a hurry, so it isn't quite as polished as some of my other pieces. But I still like it a lot.


  1. I have to say, I'm loving all the illustrations you're doing for this story. This one definitely turned out beautiful! Great call on zooming out because I am loving the shapes of those rocks and especially the negative space between them. So cool.

  2. Oooh, great work! I particularly like the reflections on the water. I loved this book when I was a kid! Weren't there sequels? Can't remember now...

    Just a note: the way she's holding the paddle is a bit off. Her top hand should be at the top of the paddle, like this: (Sorry, I can't help it, I'm Canadian :P)

    1. Thanks, Zilliah. I'll fix it!

      I believe that there was a sequel, but if I remember correctly it was really sad and I didn't like it very much.

  3. "Not as polished"? It's beautiful! That!


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