From My Sketchbook: The Tortoise and The Hare

Terri's Notebook

I’ve been taking the Make Art That Sells course with Lilla Rogers lately, which is a five-week e-course that gives artists everything they need to know to make and sell commercially-viable art in the hottest markets, such as bolt fabric, home decor, children’s books, wall art, gift, and more.

The topic for this project was children’s books, to draw characters, do some hand lettering, and design an illustration for a children’s book using Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and The Hare.

Our first exercise was to draw a variety of tortoises in our usual style, then try a different style, and then add some facial expressions, emotion, props and personality. I’ve never drawn tortoises (or turtles), or worked on art for children’s books, or drawn animals as characters, so this was a great challenge for me.

I started out drawing tortoises in a realistic way and then played around … just a little bit.

sketchbook page of tortoises

Then I decided to go…

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