Things are not as they seem

I’ve decided to put an all-out effort over the next few months into illustrating promo pieces for my portfolio based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. When I thought of it, it seemed like a good idea. It meant the onus was on Lewis Carroll to tell me what my next promo illustration would be, not me.

The bigger reason I decided to do it, though, was because of all the feedback I’ve been getting about my illustrations.

I’d rather not elaborate.

Last night I read the first chapter (“Down the Rabbit-Hole”) and came up with quite a few ideas. The problem was, I had to do some character development first, so those ideas had to wait.

The other problem was, my character development has turned out pretty sanitized. Vanilla. 50% gray.

Alice lacks that Rotty flavor that my illustrations from yesterday had. She lacks any flavor at all, to be honest. I’m afraid I’m trying to draw what I think somebody else wants, not what I want. Of course, that’s entirely the case, but if I want to get work (and I do) I need to give them what they want.

But I’m sure sanitization isn’t it.

Back to the drawing board.