That is a hard question! many books have different things in each that we like. One may have tons of character designs (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) another with landscapes (The Croods) another with just a whole array of other work like machinery (Stars Wars the Clone Wars). A treasure trove of different things in different books!
It is in REALLY early stages of production of a series that is already existent at DTS, so it is going through the stages of pitches to the heads and merchandising. Basically you won’t see anything for a good while, and that is if the particular idea goes through or not. Finalizing some designs for more possible pitches, and we suppose from there we could say something, but we aren’t allowed to say anything about it let alone show anything. We HOPE something will be shown eventually…we’ll see! :D
Just riding in the back seat of the car (when we get that rare chance) is always a good source of inspiration! Just looking at the different trees/shapes/and colors outside our window helps! There isn’t much sight-seeing because we live in a neighborhood now, but when we lived in the country, there were plenty of scenic things to look at. Of course, photography of landscapes helps as inspiration as well! But we we don’t use them as references just inspiration for the mind! :)
Got one? Give a suggestion! Will do it over the weekend, or tonight, depending on the work schedule. :) Just a simple picture for now!
DisneyToon wants us on board for another week or two, thank the Lord! They really liked our drawings during the pitch. This means possibly less art in the next week…or two, though. We’ll see. The Fox Book is also progressing nicely. OLI is setting brush sets made specifically for the book, and ELI is doing the story concepts. The book will get done!!!
Most of what we “learn” is from looking at Art of Books and other people’s work. Yes, we are self-taught. :)
Yes, it is a dual owned blog. Hence the “ELI” and “OLI” signatures! :)
Afraid we can’t help you there. We just published our book through a self publishing site. If you ever purchased our art book ( the only way to see the inside) the only “chapter” we had was a picture dividing both of our work. The layout was pretty much just sizing the pictures on the formatting program the site came with. With the Fox Book, we are planning to go more ambitious for the book in terms of layout and design, so we are learning along the way! Sorry this wasn’t much help. :( Good luck though!