This week I worked on the Lecture hall background for Tate and my first illustration assignment for Kathy! I used textured ink pen to do the outlines, and different watercolor texture brushes for coloring. I tried to keep each color within one single stroke, and applied different pen pressure in different areas to have different shades of the same color.
For Kathy’s illustration, I want Polina and Oleg and to be very cute and childlike as they play with the stethoscopes to listen to each other’s heart. I decided to let Polina kneel on her bed in a very carefree manner, and hold up the stethoscope to her own heart for Oleg as well because his arms are too short! I imagine a hedgehog must be new to the concept of heartbeats, so I gave him a surprised expression. Originally I want Polina to have a wide smile, but now I want to change it to a more surprised expression like Oleg’s after Suloni’s suggestion.