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Illustrations of Kathryn Ault Noble


Another SkAdaMo and PiBoIdMo challenge completed! The book is stuffed!


Today’s sketch was both a failure and a success. I was once again reminded to practice what I preached for so many years. Don’t redraw the thumbnail, enlarge it!


Above is the thumbnail, below is the thumbnail with a few tweaks.


Below is my morning redraw. The redraw, especially in the morning, is always stiff.


As you can see, I was not satisfied with the first beak I inked, so I added a few extras on the page to replace in Photoshop.

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 4.35.25 PM Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 4.35.31 PM Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 4.35.36 PM

I also rebuilt the wing holding the umbrella, replacing the one from this morning with something closer to the thumbnail.


Adding a goat sketched on a prior day and it’s a start for a story. The goat is not saying nice things by the way. They never do. In fact, goats cuss often and loudly. That however will NOT be in a children’s book.


A huge thank you to Linda Silvestri for hosting Sketch a Day, and Tara Lazar for the excellent Picture Book Idea a day guest speakers. So much inspiration in one month, of course I won’t quit. Onward!



2 comments on “BAM!

  1. sketched out
    November 30, 2013

    I feel ya, when it comes to thumbnails and redraws. But the happy ending is adding the goat and voila, a story! Gotta love that! Glad you enjoyed the sketch a day! You’re very welcome and thanks for the fun eye candy this month!

  2. Kathryn Ault Noble
    November 30, 2013

    We did have fun, didn’t we?! I’ll be here next year, too.

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