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My Process

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Finished image after final adjustments.

 

Here is my current process for creating the illustrations for my books.

This painting example was created for the NJSCBWI 2014 Conference. I knew I wanted a dreamy, fairytale-ish feel. I wanted the viewer to wonder what would happen next. I also wanted to include the theme of the Jersey shore. First I researched elements I needed for this particular piece of work, ex. I needed to research old-fashioned bathing suit attire, seagulls, and Victorian style homes in Cape May. 

 
Original pencil sketch
Original pencil sketch

 

Next, I drew (in pencil) each element that was to be included in the artwork. I scanned in the early sketches and placed everything in the space to see if worked. I’d drawn a lifeguard chair and the Cape May lifeguard boat but they didn’t fit in the composition, so they were cut. 

 
Scanned image, cut out, cleaned up and contrast adjusted.
Scanned image, cut out, cleaned up

 

Then, I went back and shadowed each drawing in pencil. I scanned each shadowed piece into the computer and placed them on the page. All the shadowed pieces were built as their own layers. 

 
Colored layers built up.
Colored layers built up.

 

I then painted in colors, using varying opacities and brushes.

 
Shadows and highlights are added last.
Shadows and highlights are added last.

 

I brought the colored drawings back into the original composition and adjusted scale and brightness.

 
Pencil sketch of background illustration
Pencil sketch of background illustration

I then layered in shadows into the final composition and sometimes I add various textures into the composition.

Finally, when the painting looks finished to me, I put a bump map of a watercolor texture over the entire painting. This makes the work look less “computer-like”. 

  
Image in its final form
Image in its final form

 

 

After critiques by my trusted artist friends, I add my finished piece to my portfolio. For example, they suggested her head should be tilted toward the bird and I agreed, so I made the adjustment as seen here.

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