The blog of children's book author and illustrator Don Tate II
Thursday, October 02, 2008
This is a character study of Effa Manley. I painted it with acrylics. Not sure if it's exactly the direction I want to go, so I'm going to do a few more. I prefer whimsical illustration, slightly cartoony, which wouldn't be right for this book at all. But I don't particularly enjoy realism (portraiture) either. So the trick for me is to strike a balance between what I enjoy painting and what is necessary for the project.