In­ject hu­mour into fan­tasy art

Therese Lars­son shows you how to amuse the viewer in this sto­ry­book il­lus­tra­tion from a clas­sic chil­dren’s fairy­tale

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Therese Lars­son adds a twist to a clas­sic scene.

over the course of this work­shop I’ll demon­strate the tech­niques I use to cre­ate dig­i­tal sto­ry­book art from scratch. I pre­fer to have a more tra­di­tional ap­proach to my art, us­ing un­der­paint­ing tech­niques and paint­ing on as few lay­ers as pos­si­ble, and sculpt­ing light and shape us­ing some of my favourite brushes that I’ve ac­quired over the years.

I like to use brushes that em­u­late re­al­life me­dia, such as oil colours or chalky pas­tels. I be­lieve that tex­tured brushes add a lot of life to a com­po­si­tion, and that there’s beauty in an ob­ject that doesn’t look overly pol­ished and smooth. Tex­tures can also make an il­lus­tra­tion feel more de­tailed than it re­ally is, sav­ing the artist a lot of time.

I plan to de­pict a scene from the well­known chil­dren’s story of Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, but with a funny twist to it. Dog own­ers will recog­nise the way ca­nines can be­come obliv­i­ous to their sur­round­ings and be com­pletely mes­merised by food, and it’s al­ways good to have people be able to con­nect to the art by show­ing scenes which are funny in an ev­ery­day way.

People love to feel and think when they look at art, so try to tell sto­ries with your il­lus­tra­tions. It’s more im­por­tant to have a great idea pre­sented in a fairly straight­for­ward man­ner, than pro­duce a more ad­vanced paint­ing that has no story to it. So be­fore you start, give yourself time to think. What’s your theme? Can you add a twist to it? How do you make people con­nect to your art?

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