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Illustration Friday – Identical

It’s illustration Friday again and this week’s subject on the illustrationfriday.com website is Identical. I’ve chosen to do the Wilson twins from my Ginger Ninja Books.

This week, I’ve decided to make a video of the drawing and try to do one every week, so if you want to do one too, video it and post on YouTube.

If you make a video response to me I will make a video response back to your video too.

This is such a fun idea. I wonder what next week’s subject will be?

20,000 subscribers on the ShooRaynerDrawing channel!

Wow! my drawing channel has reached 20,000 subscribers! Thanks everyone. I thought I would draw something special to celebrate, but couldn’t think what. I asked for ideas on twitter (follow me @shoorayner) and @jakehenley123 suggested I should “give all your subs 20 pounds. Lol :D” Well, much as I’d love to, I can’t afford to do that! but it gave me an idea…

I’m a great one for affirmations to cheer me up when things are aren’t going right, so I thought I would give you especial affirmation in the style of a joke banknote. the message reads, “I wish the bearer of this note to have a fabulous life and to become Really good at drawing through practice, practice, practice! with best wishes Shoo Rayner.”

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Print out the page and cut out the note. Keep it in your purse or wallet or put it up where you can see it so you can read it every time you feel like giving up on a drawing or just can’t get yourself started. read the note and tell yourself, “I’ll start and I’ll finish.”So much of getting better at drawing is just about getting in the habit of drawing something each day and completing it. don’t try to do a masterpiece in one sitting – just do something small that you can finish and be proud of

Good luck and thanks for following me so far. Now – on to the next 20,000 subs!

How to design characters

Designing characters for picture books or animation is one thing, but being able to draw them again and again from different angles too is something quite different. It takes a lot of drawing and trial and error until the character on the page in front of you resembles the idea that you had in your head.

It takes a lot of drawing and practice to get to the point where I’m happy to proceed with a book. I will sometimes have been thinking about the book for years. I’ve been thinking and planning this ebook I’m working on, for about 8 years now, so I have a fairly good idea of what it is I’m after.

Keep following as I build this ebook for iPad.

This eBook is going to be linked to my Sweetlittlebabyboo! iPone app. Get it here. Grown up’s love it as much as babies do!