Digital and Hand-Drawn Illustrations

Today I submitted some illustration samples to a company that is updating their textbooks. I had so much fun with this project. They requested two images: an image of students at their school for the social studies textbook, and a diagram of a heart for a science textbook.

The first task was actually easier for me, since they had less restrictions on it and it seemingly open ended. This is a colored pencil drawing of students in an African school. I wanted it to look soft, so I drew in tiny circles and also had my paper on a textured surface. Then I digitally edited the border to have a soft edge. Education is a privilege that American students take for granted. I wanted to show that these students were working hard, and add a dreamlike quality to the image since school will help these children achieve their dreams in life.

(c) 2014 Amanda Balough

(c) 2014 Amanda Balough

For the next task I had to review some anatomy and first created my own drawing of the heart with colored pencil and acrylic paint highlights. Here it is in progress.

(c) 2014 Amanda Balough

(c) 2014 Amanda Balough

I thought this wasn’t bold enough for a textbook, so I continued to layer on color to saturate the red and blue. Here is the final hand-drawn sample.

(c) 2014 Amanda Balough

(c) 2014 Amanda Balough

I had planned to add the lines and labels digitally once it was in the computer, but as I went to do this, I noticed the view I chose did not clearly show the 4 chambers as requested. So I went back to what they sent and decided to digitally adjust their existing image instead, which I think is what I should have done in the first place. It can be difficult to know which tools to use to complete a project when we have so many available to us. I don’t own the original image, so I can’t share the before view. Here is my final digital image though, complete with labels and blood flow arrows.

(c) 2014 Amanda Balough

(c) 2014 Amanda Balough

I have submitted these drawings and now wait for a response to see if they will be included the textbook or not, or if they want any adjustments, or possibly want me to create any other images. I had so much fun working on these, and never got bored with such a challenging assignment. I hope to hear back from them soon, and really hope they choose me to join their illustration team.


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