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Ink Wash Illustration, Alex Rowe
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Alex Rowe, Illustrator & Children's Book Artist

Alex Rowe
Illustrator & Children’s Book Artist

Prompt

Choose a myth and illustrate it in a contemporary setting. Characters and elements of the story must be recognizable while being contemporary.

Core Ideas

Concept development, character design, narrative illustration

Supplies

Any media can be used!  Color media can be helpful to show who the characters are.

 

Listed below are ink wash supplies as seen in the example.

For instruction on how to use ink wash, watch this course

Art Supplies: Tall Plastic Container

A yogurt container works well!

Process

1.
Choose a myth you want to illustrate (Example shows the Minotaur and Labyrinth)

2.
Research the myth.

3.
Brainstorm and sketch to make the story contemporary. 

Ink Wash Illustration, Alex Rowe

4.
Pencil in the image onto your final surface, based on a sketch.

Ink Wash Illustration, Alex Rowe

5.
Outline the image with a rapidograph pen.

 

Ink Wash Illustration, Alex Rowe

6.
Erase pencil lines.

Ink Wash Illustration, Alex Rowe

7.
Add ink wash tones.  For more instruction on how to use ink wash, watch this course. 

Ink Wash Illustration, Alex Rowe
Ink Wash Illustration, Alex Rowe

7.
Create a wide range of gradients. For more instruction on how to use ink wash, watch this course. 

Ink Wash Illustration, Alex Rowe
Elsa Hillis

Elsa Hillis
2018 Intern

“I decided to illustrate the myth of Atalanta, which I’ve always liked. Long story short, Atalanta, evades marriage by challenging all of her suitors to a footrace with the prize of marriage and the price of death. 

She finally loses to Hippomenes who wins by distracting her with three golden apples. In my modern version, Atalanta is an contemporary Olympian, surprised to find a golden apple on the track and who realizes that she’s been tricked.

I think the crucial thing this project taught me was to pay attention to materials. I used a regular pen and sketchbook paper, which backfired on me when the pen bled and the weak sketchbook paper buckled. Tips to deal with this if it happens to you: work around the “mistakes” by incorporating the ways the pen and paper are acting (for example, using the pen bleeding on purpose as a different texture, etc.), or begin again, this time with the correct materials!”

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