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

Kiri Østergaard Leonard is an award winning illustrator and artist from Denmark, currently living in Austin, Texas. She enjoys working on projects within the fantasy and children's illustration genre.

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