The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Underpainting …8 hours later

By heather at 7:34 pm on Thursday, June 7, 2007

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Yesterday I worked for eight hours straight on these illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants. I was really surprised with how quickly they came together since the last sitting… I think the reason for the huge increase in speed is I’ve warmed up and got used to the acrylics again, as well as I focused entirely on the backgrounds. My ‘plan’ is to get the backgrounds & bodies just right, and save the portraits & skin tones to the end and take my time on those.

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

Filed under: work in progress, illustrations, childrens books, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants

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Comment by Damien

June 7, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

Hey Heather, I find this whole process to be fascinating. At what points do you get the client approval? I assume they approved the initial pencil sketches.. but is there any chance of a “I don’t like these colours” type of event, or are they involved every step? I can see problems in both situations.

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Comment by heather

June 7, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

Hey Damien, thanks for the comment! Generally once the sketches are approved, I’ve got the go ahead to start on the final art after I’ve provided a colour proof. Often when I work in watercolour, I’ll roughly illustrate a small thumbnail painting with examples of what the colour will look like, and the client lets me know at that stage if they like it or not. But with acrylic it’s a little different… I start right away on the finals, and the underpainting is my ‘proof’ to my client. So if my client doesn’t like any of the colours, I paint right overe top of the underpainting and change them right away. Fortunately because the sketches are approved, I don’t have to worry about the actual subject matter changing… and changing the colour here and there is very easy to do in acrylics. I like to send my clients snapshots of the illustrations at various stages while I’m working on them, both to involve the client in the process, and to allow them room to give input in case they really don’t like something. It’s actually a great way to work, as it saves me from getting too far down the track and having major surgery to do on the illustration to fix something ;)
Cheers,
Heather

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