I've been thinking about children's illustration and animals. I've been too chicken to try it. I know I need to for my portfolio. I'm drawing upon inspiration from Canadian children's book illustrator Renata Liwska for guidance.
I'm the type of illustrator that doesn't feel comfortable with anthropomorphism. Do I appreciate it when others can illustrate that way? Yes! But for me, I can't draw an animal fully dressed head to hoof standing upright. For me, it's confusing to draw an animal using human anatomy and make it seem real. Each animals anatomy is different; add that to showing emotion in a way that is natural to the animal but understandable to the viewer and I'm exhausted already. I just haven't had enough practice in this yet. I'll get there.
That's why I love Renata's work... there is a blend between what is true to her animals and the animals having human qualities. Plus her characters are adorable and I love that there isn't too much alteration from the original sketches to final illustration.
Inspired. Guided. Done. Time to illustrate.