Monday, April 30, 2012
Tony DeTerlizzi was the illustrator for the Spiderwick Chronicles and more. His ink drawings and watercolor pieces pay homage to a more classical style of working.
Try checking out his blog at some point. He updates regularly and talks about his work and his life, not to mention the industry.
Just about everyone was into Pokemon at some point in their childhood. One of the reasons it was so successful, were the Pokemon themselves. As characters, they're pretty strong because design-wise, they're basic shapes. Playing with shapes is a huge contribution to successful characterization. Heck yeah Pokemon were ridiculously easy to draw when you were 6, that's part of the appeal.
The illustrator for the cover art of the Percy Jackson series, John Rocco, puts the main character, Percy, in shadow on each book cover. I personally prefer this sort of cover treatment, as it allows a basic outline of the character's looks, but it's still up to the reader to interpret how they picture the character.
An excerpt from an interview with him: