Wizard of Oz sketches
Alice in Wonderland Sketches and Drawings
by Frances Alcaraz
Working from Photos
When working from photos, I never copy them exactly. There is always something I will add to make the composition more playful. For example, with the Sudanese nomad girl, I made the donkey facing the same direction as the little girl and I gave him a grin. This makes both the little girl and the donkey interesting characters. With the original photo, the donkey looked like a means of transportation rather than a character. Other things that I remove are details that I feel will clutter the illustration like the strap near the butt of the donkey.
For this style of illustration, you have a little more room to play so you never have to copy the photograph exactly. For me, it’s all about telling a story with your illustrations.
Travel Drawings: Ethiopia and Sudan
In 2012, we moved to Sudan. My husband’s job has landed him here for three years. We’re trying to explore Africa as much as we can. Ethiopia was one of our trips last year.There are many interesting faces that I could draw but I like this particular kid we saw. She was helping herd cattle but she turned back to look at us and I took a quick snapshot.
Taking pictures in Sudan is always a little tricky. You need a permit. This woman was a pedestrian who was crossing the street. I just liked her look.
We also traveled within Sudan. This guy was a Sudanese guide at one of the sites we visited.
At the same trip, we visited the Meroe Pyramids and this guy was sitting near the area.
When we watched Nubian wrestlers, we were fascinated by the drummer. He had one of the most interesting faces I had ever seen
Other Sudanese faces I like were a bread seller and a guy who watching the Sufis.
Hopefully, I will be able to add more drawings as soon as I find the time.