How can I do this?
Clay has helped me many times and it will help me once again in this book. When I feel my characters are real, then it is easier for me to draw them from different directions...and to get the correct shadows from the light that are made by them.
Clay can bring that magical three dimension quality that allows you to walk all the way around your characters....and....clay is just so fun to work with!
I will actually be able to draw Tiny better after I've made him with clay....works everytime!
If you want to compare this with something else in the entertainment industry, it would be like when they make a movie and they have a scene with a huge alien space ship. The film makers can either make a large scale model that they film with different kinds of lighting in a certain place to make it look real...or...they can use the computer to create the spaceship digitally eventhough it is not really there in three dimension.
So, I'm choosing to make a real model...only it's not an alien space ship, it's Tiny! (Maybe the alien spaceship is another book?! "Tiny meets a friendly alien?")
Pretty cool, huh?!
I've used making clay in other models as well. Here's 3 pictures I did of the boy, Elliot, in the book. This was going to be a christmas ornament for my publisher but I couldn't get it done in time so it remained mine. He has the viking helmet on because my publisher's company name is Viking. And the trash can lid that the boy is holding has a "v" on it for Viking. I thought they would enjoy that.
Since it was going to hang from a Christmas tree, I made his little legs so that they were independent of the body and dangled....I used paper clip pieces to do this...
And a paper clip on top of his head so that I could tie a ribbon to hang the ornament with....it was fun painting him!
I've made lots of faces and things to help me with illustrating...here's a few from my growing collection. You will notice these are more of a flesh tone color...that is because these were not made with the crayola product but with super scupty (Hobby Lobby or Michael's has these).
Maybe he's not reading Shakespeare...but Dante's Inferno!
I LOVE CLAY!