I never get as much done in a day as I hope but, working in snatches at night or before work I have managed to *mostly* finish 1 illustration for my new children's book portfolio.
It was quite experimental for me – and very different to traditional natural history illustrations where I know exactly what colour every element should be. For this, I got to make up my own colour palette, which was both fun and, in some ways, more challenging.
This is the almost finished illustration.
For anyone interested in the process I've shared a few progress shots below.
I'm a long time fan of the picture book, Where the Wild Things Are and so I decided to start by laying in lines with a black pen....
Then I added some colour. I started with watercolour washes, then added watercolour pencils to give it a very hand-drawn, coloured-in feel.
Then it was a matter of building up layers of colour – trying not to ruin the picture in the process!
Then I scanned it (unfortunately, the scanner I purchased in the UK is not as good as I'd like) and added the final touches digitally. I added adjustment layers (adjusting levels, brightness/contrast and curves), space for text.
I don't like how the small fly characters turned out, so I'll be adding new ones in digitally. But, for a first attempt, I'm pretty pleased with the results. (This isn't always the case!)
Signing off until next week to do some more painting!