Monday, January 17, 2011

Illustration Friday: Chicken


I had to be sure to participate in this week's Illustration Friday since the super-chick-tastic Jannie Ho, aka, 'Chickengirl' suggested this week's topic, 'chicken'!!! It didn't take long to discover that chicks and chickens are really fun to draw. I noticed my chickens tend to stay egg-shaped, and I couldn't resist outfitting some in turtlenecks and pants. That fella on the top right is an especially big Chickengirl fan.

As I've had picture book writing on the brain and have been busy reading tons of children's books and books about how to write books for kids, some of these guys jumped right into my stacks of books and helped themselves to their favorite stories. I've decided to take on the Kidlitart Picture Book Dummy Challenge. So far, I have 1 very very rough draft finished, and the beginnings of a second story. Since I'm not interested in writing just any picture book, but an amazing spectacular one, it is an extreme challenge to study all the aspects of a great book. All the writing stuff is a bit overwhelming, so it was quite refreshing to pick up my sketchbook again to draw these chicks.

In other news, I'm hosting an exciting giveaway! See details on how to enter in the next post.

29 comments:

Claudio Cerri said...

wonderful!

Beth Anne Maresca said...

SUPER cute!

j rose said...

love these chicks!

Bella Sinclair said...

Hahahahaha! Bok bok bok! Oh, these guys are so great! I love the two dancing beneath the light of the moon. I love the nekkid one in the corner. I love them all!

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

I love it!! You've already got some great character studies for a story!! I want to see more (but of course I'm biased.) thanks for the mention.. you are super sweet!

Debbie Meyer said...

I love these chickens!! I love that they are so interested in reading. Who knew chickens were so smart?! (Jannie, probably) CUUUUUUTE!

Laura Zarrin said...

Great, wonderful, adorable chickens. I love these guys!!! Great work. You are on a roll!

Tracy said...

These guys are adorable :) I especially love the "Chickengirl Fan" one :) I too love Jannie's awesome chicken-goodness! Great chickens...love the egg shapes!

Tamara Henderson said...

fun chickens!!

Ann Pilicer said...

This is wonderful! Love all the little chickens! Great job! I have selected you as Stylish blog award winner!

ti-igra said...

Wow! They are so cute! :-))) So lovely illustration! :-))))

Kristi Valiant said...

Super-duper cute, Angela! Wonderful styling.

tamara said...

so cute !!!

Loni Edwards said...

Great characters, Angela! Especially the Jannie Ho Super Fan! That made me giggle! :)

Jennifer Bower said...

Great fun! I too like their little egg shapes and the colors you used. Their expressions are priceless.

Angela Matteson said...

Thanks for the sweet comments everyone!

Diana Gutiérrez Toledano said...

Writing a book is such a challenge! I'm in the same process myself... any tips? any books for people writing books that I shouldn't miss?

p.s.: cute chickens!

Angela Matteson said...

Diana, I've been reading 'Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication', by Ann Whitford Paul which is helping a lot.

And I just ordered, 'Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books', by Uri Shulevitz since I've heard it contains everything you need to know.

Eric Barclay said...

These are really cute... especially love the one with glasses holding the stack of books. Missed your draw and cook post-- you knocked that one out of the park.

Denise Holmes said...

those sure are some cute chickens you got there! I love the one carrying the stack of books!

Diana Gutiérrez Toledano said...

Thanks, Angela! :)

Softpencil said...

Love your chickens! they´re soooo cute!

Michelle Henninger said...

Awesome chickens! They're eggtastic! I especially like the JannieHo chicken! Egg-cellent!

Christina Rodriguez said...

WOW! I love how you did a bunch of wee colored sketches. It's obvious you had a lot of fun doing this!

I can't wait to see more on your progress with teh Picture Book Dummy Challenge! #PBDummy Participants Unite!

Z-Kids said...

Love 'em!

Kerri-Jane Mitchell said...

Absolutely adorable, can't wait to see more :)thanks for the comments and the warm welcome to IF :)

Missy said...

What wonderful little chickens!

Nathanael Lark said...

Great job! I love the way you incorporated the look of a sketchbook page.

Jack Foster said...

Love these guys Angela! I can tell you had fun drawing these guys! The fun came right through your work!