Illustration based on the childrens book story "Shh we have a plan". Digital painting of four children in a forest full of colorful birds. Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2016

Painting Time-lapse: Radiance

In August I was commissioned to do two illustrations for the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award in Shanghai, China. The illustrations were to be based on the award winning children’s book Shh We Have a Plan. 

In the book four children are fruitlessly chasing birds in the woods, only for the bird/birds to always escape them. It is a really cute and simple story. I knew I wanted to work with a scene that features a lot of bright coloured birds. Because of the book being for a young audience I opted for a heavier cartoon-inspired look to the characters, rather than my usual semi-realistic approach.

I also recorded my first full painting time-lapse so you can see how the painting developed from thumbnail sketch to final. The piece took 5 hours all in all so this is heavily sped up.

Enjoy and please let me know if you would like to see more painting time lapses.

Illustration based on the children's book story "Shh we have a plan". Digital painting of four children in a forest full of colorful birds. Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2016
Illustration based on the childrens book story "Shh we have a plan". Digital painting of four children in a forest full of colorful birds. Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2016
Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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