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.