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Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts

Drawing Kids


Given everything that has been going on, when I get a chance to draw I've been looking for fun little pieces to work on. The illustrations below certainly fit that bill!

Drawing kids is a great deal of fun. Very challenging, but fun! Why challenging? Drawing adults allows for more "wiggle-room." In other words, there's more flexibility in how one chooses to render adults. Or rather, I find that there's more flexibility. That's partially based on style, probably mixed in with a bit of my own sensibility when it comes to figure drawing. If you over-render children, they immediately look "wrong." Generally my goal is to try and keep everything as simple as possible while (at least in these cases) still maintaining my own visual style. It might sound easy, but it's really not in practice. In the cases of all these girls, I didn't want to get too cartoony or abstract, so that also influenced how I approached each piece.

In the case of the middle illustration, I also decided to play a bit with colour holds (where I change my black linework to a colour). Why do it? Again, for fun! It's neat to play and see how the art (and, more importantly, the feeling of the art) changes with different visual approaches. I've done it before, something you can see in this little celebration of Mary Marvel.

One of the things I love about art is that there's no "right" way to do it. There are multiple ways and multiple approaches. How one feels about that is a reflection of them, at least in that particular moment. And, of course, opinions change about art, too. Even how I approach colour has changed over time (see this, for example).

I don't know about you, but I find that pretty exciting.

Illustration of young girls balancing books on their heads by Von Allan
Illustration of two 'tween girls chit-chatting and goofing around by Von Allan
Illustration of three girls raiding a bubble gum box and blowing bubbles by Von Allan

Short Story - Bubbles!


This is another older story that I recently re-coloured (to read some other "revamped" short stories, please see here and here). In fact, this is one of the first stories I ever wrote and drew and it went through a lot of evolution. I finally redrew it back around 2015 but I still wasn't happy with the colours, mainly because I was having issues getting the colours "print-ready." With this version, they finally are. This one is a lot of fun and (shockingly!) is loosely based on a real event that happened to my wife and I. Yes!

Bubbles a short story written and illustrated by Von Allan Page 1

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Bubbles a short story written and illustrated by Von Allan Page 4

Bubbles a short story written and illustrated by Von Allan Page 5

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This story first saw print in the comic book titled STORIES! 2015 TO 2019 back in 2019. Unfortunately, the print edition is out of print (though you might be able to find a copy using Bookfinder). But! This story — as well as a boatload of others — were collected into a beautiful hardcover edition titled LOVE, LAUGHTER, AND LOSS: A COMICS COLLECTION. More information about that edition can be found right here.

In addition, there is also a digital comic book version of STORIES! 2015 TO 2019 on Kindle that can be read anywhere in the world. That edition is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089QX5LJC.

For more of my comic short stories, please visit my archive of comic books and webcomics.

Concept Art and Character Design with Kids


I've been working on some concept art and character designs for a possible short story. I thought I'd share some of the designs I've come up with so far.

Boy Concept Art and Character Design for Young Carers Short Story Illustrated By Von Allan

Boy and Girl Concept Art and Character Design for Young Carers Short Story Illustrated By Von Allan

Girl Concept Art and Character Design for Young Carers Short Story Illustrated By Von Allan

Muslim Girl Concept Art and Character Design for Young Carers Short Story Illustrated By Von Allan

Girl with Toque Concept Art and Character Design for Young Carers Short Story Illustrated By Von Allan

The Mary Marvel Fan Club!


The Mary Marvel Shazam Fan Club by Von Allan


I have a soft spot for Shazam! This pic features kids inspired by Captain Marvel's twin sister Mary Marvel. This was also loosely inspired by a story in the old SHAZAM! series, specifically The Haunted Clubhouse in issue 13 by E. Nelson Bridwell and Bob Oksner.

Various Kids


Various kids of all ages illustrated by Von Allan
Various kids of all ages illustrated by Von Allan
Various kids of all ages illustrated by Von Allan

Some inked illustrations of kids of all ages. The first two were done as warm-up sketches a number of months ago. The last one was a bit of character design for a short story and includes some rough pencils, too. Drawing kids can be challenging (they aren't small adults!), but a lot of fun, too.

Photos from the book launch of Stargazer


The book launch for Stargazer took place at Ottawa's Perfect Books on Sunday, November 7th. Turnout was pretty good if I do say so myself and the bookstore seemed quite pleased with the sales. That's win-win, I think! What follows are some photos that were taken from the launch. My wife took the first four and the rest were taken by the "The Phantom Photographer."

Von Allan chatting with fans at the book launch for Stargazer in Ottawa

Von Allan at the book launch for his graphic novel titled "Stargazer"

Von Allan signing a copy of his graphic novel Stargazer at the book launch in Ottawa

Von Allan chatting with fans at the book launch for Stargazer at Perfect Books

Von Allan at the book launch for Stargazer at Ottawa's Perfect Books
Photo by "The Phantom Photographer"

Von Allan at the book launch event for Stargazer
Photo by "The Phantom Photographer"

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