Tartan Meets the Queen | First few illustrations…

By heather at 7:32 pm on Friday, February 1, 2008

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

Today I finished four of the 12 illustrations for children’s book “Tartan Meets the Queen,” by Charline Crous & Lauren Everton… thought I’d share a sneak peak!

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

So these illustrations start out as just plain old graphite pencil drawings (above), and I tint them with colour digitally in Photoshop.

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

I’m LOVING the new paper I’m using for this book, it’s a very smooth, white bristol-type board… much nicer to draw with pencil on than cold-press illustration board.

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

I also discovered a new favourite tool… the Staedtler “Mars rasor” eraser pencil with brush. It’s one of those hard erasers, and it’s lovely because I can sharpen it to erase those tiny little details that are hard to get crisp with a kneaded or rubber eraser.

staedtler mars rasor pencil eraser

To see other posts on “Tartan Meets the Queen,” check out :

“Tartan Meets the Queen” © Charline Crous & Lauren Everton, Illustrations © Heather Castles

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Comment by Florence

February 3, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

Heather,

I have really enjoyed looking at your work on this site. You are a talented illustrator! I know that you have geared your blog to illustrators, but I have a question for you as a writer. In addition to other projects, I have written a series of poems/stories for my children and would like to put them together with illustrations for my children before they are too old to want me to read to them. What would you recommend I do to find someone willing to illustrate the poems for me? What is the standard charge for something like that if it’s not for publication? Any insight you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

If you’d like, you can see one of the poems by checking out my blog. The November 25, 2007 entry features one poem in the series.

Again, I will appreciate any advice you can give me.

Florence

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