Final Pencil Sketch – Devin Sauls

The first picture is my final pencil sketch and the second picture is the black and white version of the same picture that will be used for Photoshop. I’m on the process of making the process book, but I still don’t know how to do the whole different shadings of the same color thing. I think it would be best if I get a visual representation of what to do with Photoshop. I learn things faster if someone shows me pictures or a video on it.

Redo of Sketch #1

I decided to change the first sketch entirely. The metaphor for this image is still the same as the original first sketch. I drew some tree branches to show that there’s some background and that the boy is looking at a reflection from the puddle. Here’s the image that inspired this sketch below:

Here’s the article for this sketch:

Redo of Final Sketch #3


I redrew this sketch and while the the characters for the most part retained the same pose, there is some differences with the hand placements. I also added a background to the drawing. In case you missed it, this sketch is for this article:

I used two photos as references for this sketch redo. The first one below is for the pose and handle, while the second one below is for the background.

Devin’s Final Sketches

Here are my final sketches for the Editorial Illustration Project. The first picture is a boy with autism looking at the lake, seeing the muppet, Julia as the reflection. The metaphor for this sketch is that he sees the muppet as himself. This sketch is used to represent the article, “Meet The New Kid On ‘Sesame Street’: Julia, A Muppet With ” by Mary Papenfuss. The second picture is the monstrous mom approaching the kid that bullied her son with a soft ball. The metaphor for this sketch is that the mother has turned into a monster after witnessing her son being bullied. That sketch is for the article, ” When Mothers Bully Back” by Susan Perabo. The third picture is the boy with autism touching Julia’s hand as they stare at each other. The metaphor for this sketch is the same as the first picture. This sketch alo represents the same article as the first one. So which one do you think I should go with? Comment below.

Meet The New Kid On ‘Sesame Street’: Julia, A Muppet With Autism

On March 20, 2017 at 3:28 a.m., Sesame Street announced that they will introduce a new Muppet character on television in April. Julia, a little girl Muppet with red hair and a favorite bunny clutched in her hand has autism and have appeared in Sesame Street’s online digital storybook series back in 2015. This character won’t just represent people that have autism or Asperger’s syndrome, but also help children better understand kids with autism. Julia’s puppeteer, Stacey Gordon has a son with autism. This intrigues me because I feel like society don’t treat autistic people with enough respect or even try to really got to know them better. I know this all too well since I too have autism. I grew up seeing autism as nothing more than just a curse, but now I know that I’m more than just someone with a disability. This article actually gave me some hope knowing that kids will soon have a better understanding of autism from watching Julia on t.v. because I personally think that there’s not enough cartoon characters with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Speaking of cartoon characters, I actually based one of my own characters, Xavier J. Clayton off of me. Maybe someday society will learn to accept all different types of people no matter how socially awkward the person is.

First Photo: My character, Xavier J. Clayton

Second Photo: Julia from “Sesame Street”

Third Photo: Carl Gould from “Arthur”

Trip to The Society of Illustrators

On February 21, 2017, travelled to the Society of Illustrators where I exhibit a bunch of pieces of illustrations from several different artists. Out of all the artworks that was displayed on the small museum “A Day at the Beach” by Kadir Nelson stuck out to me the most. Kadir Nelson is an African American artist, illustrator, and author that was born on May 15, 1974 in Washington D.C. Ever since he was three years old, he always has an interest of drawing and art. He specializes in illustrating stories of black history and African culture. He illustrated one of his art pieces, “A Day at the Beach” for The New Yorker magazines. This art piece caught my attention by how detailed the man, his kids, and background in the illustration looks. Nelson’s art piece was done on oil on canvas and the colors blend perfectly with its light and dark values and shadings. It was published on July 4, 2016 by The New Yorker magazine corporation company. This illustration speaks to me by not only representing Black History Month, but also proving to the world that not all great artwork is done digitally nowadays; sometimes great art can be done the classic way.