Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Inktober 2018 continued...

I've taken a 10 day Social Media fast, and am returning with Inktober 2018 No 17 "Swollen"

Inktober 2018 continued...

No 4 "Spell"

No 5 "Chicken"

No 6 "Drooling"

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Inktober 2018 #2 and 3

Forgot to post these next two Inktober illos. The image above is the prompt list for this 2018 Inktober. I'm having fun!



"Roasted" above and "Tranquil" below.










Monday, October 1, 2018

Inktober 2018

Another lovely year has passed, and it is Inktober again! This year I will be following the prompts as listed beginning with No1 "Poisonous" and adding another illo each day through October 31st.
To see some of my past Inktober Illos -
https://www.instagram.com/elisenblack/
https://www.facebook.com/elise.n.black/media_set?set=a.10152526524894830&type=3
Happy Autumn!

 

Monday, August 6, 2018

"Allie's New Class"



Another "Friend" assignment!

I'm absolutely LOVING working in Photoshop!! 
It's a far cry from watercolor, especially when you can change your mind as often as you want!

I'm also enjoying the brushes I purchased from kylebrush.com.  
They are fabulous!! Especially the watercolor sets!




You can check out the other illos here:
https://www.lds.org/friend/2018/07/allies-new-class?lang=eng

More work with The Friend

One of my favorite clients, is "The Friend," a children's publication by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I've been able to illustrate a few stories for them lately.
Here are a few of the illos from one called "Day and Night:"




I like to add a few personal bits to each illo I do, such as the snowman and the chimp doll. It's wonderful when a client lets you have fun with the assignment.
Here are a couple more:






You can see the story entire here:
https://www.lds.org/friend/2018/02/day-and-night?lang=eng

Jennie's Song Is Published!



Jennie was finally published this past July! 

I've been talking about it and sharing bits from time to time, and as I designed it from start to finish, with input from Karen of course, it's taken a while!
But it's finally out!
It's a sweet story about a little girl who learns that all living things have a song in their hearts. 

Here is a peek inside:



Some of the pages are double spreads like these:




and some smaller vignettes: 


The author, Karen Pool self published and it is available here: 

Pick up a copy and please leave a review. 
Hope you enjoy it!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Photoshop Fun

Always been a traditionalist using watercolor and ink, but am learning and loving all the wonderful creations Photoshop can add. Here is a practice bit with a bunch of different techniques in one. Very fun!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Off to the Publisher

I have been working on a children's book for the past year, written by a wonderful author, Karen Wilson Pool. It's been a grand experience for me, especially as Karen let me design the entire book from cover to cover, and this past week I handed over the completed project for her approval! 

Yipeeeeee! She LOVED it!! 

I'm hoping it will be a good portfolio piece and open a few doors. We shall see!

When Karen gave me a copy of the story, and I sat down to do some sketching, I fell in love! And I'm hoping you will love it too!!
The story is of a little girl born with a song in her heart, and her discovery that the world is full of unique and beautiful songs, and that every creature on earth has a song to sing! 

It's funny, but one of my favorite aspects of illustrating is the creation of the characters. It's almost God-like, and I relish imagining every little bit - from their clothing and shoes to the way they comb their hair, and even the toys they take to bed. It is such a kick!! 
I can't wait for you to meet this little girl, but until then, here are a few more of the finished illustrations:











Sunday, October 29, 2017

Almost Finished!

I'm in love with a project I've been working on! Here is a sample, and when the final work is approved, I will share more!

Monday, November 14, 2016

When Lisa Was Little

This past April I accepted a 100-day challenge illustrating on a theme and chose a series of childhood memories titled #whenlisawaslittle. It turned out to be more fun than I imagined, and brought back many sweet memories. Here are the illustrations all together: