Thursday, January 26, 2012

Twitter, An Owl, a Pussycat, and a new illustration for "Fair, Brown and Trembling"

I am just getting started on Twitter (@sarahbodera).  What a great way to keep on top of what's happening.  Following mainly illustrators, writers, and publishing companies, I find myself treading in a sea: great website links, anecdotes, friendly greetings, announcements, award winners, congratulations... the list goes on. Lots of positive interaction, and a great way to connect. I'd love to add you all if I haven't already, just send me your username :)

I thought I'd share a few illustrations that I completed over the holidays. "The Owl and the Pussycat" illustration was done with Higgins Black Magic ink on paper. I used to use this ink all the time when I drew comics.  It is waterproof, rich and opaque - great for pure blacks.

And this is a second illustration for Fair, Brown and Trembling. I wanted to practice keeping a character intact through two different poses.  A better camera and some handy Photoshop skills brought up the brightness and color quality quite a bit.  I will need to re-photo the first illustration to make them match.


  1. Hi! sarah! what is the approach of your illustration? i mean the coloring part...traditional then ps or ps then tradi...?

    1. Hi Rajesh! First, I paint the illustrations traditionally, with watercolors or ink. Then I take digital photographs and open them in Photoshop. In Photoshop, I adjust the levels and color balance to make the pictures match the original as close as I can.

  2. I love your illustration, the owl and the cat! Magical atmosphere! and what a cute cat!

  3. Love the Owl and the Pussycat. Super charming!! :)