Riley’s Tooth | First Watercolour Wash

By heather at 9:03 pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

diane cantrell riley's tooth children's book illustrations watercolour dogs puppies

Here’s another sneak peak at the illustrations I’m working on for Diane Cantrell’s new story, Riley’s Tooth. I’m working with watercolours on Arches medium watercolour paper which I’ve taped down onto masonite board. I’ve just finished painting the first layer, and am moving onto building up the layers of colour and detail. I always enjoy the loose first wash of colour… the crazier it looks initially the better once you go over and tighten up the details.

diane cantrell riley's tooth children's book illustrations watercolour dogs puppies

diane cantrell riley's tooth children's book illustrations watercolour dogs puppies

diane cantrell riley's tooth children's book illustrations watercolour dogs puppies

You can see some of the finished sketches for Riley’s Tooth in this previous post.

Filed under: work in progress, illustrations, childrens books, Riley's Lost Tooth

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Comment by Terri Fabula

August 30, 2011 @ 5:53 am

Wow! Thanks so much for putting your working method on the web for us poor beginners to see. I am just getting started as an Children’s Book Illustrator and am confused about exactly how my watercolor paintings come together in book form….not something any of my teachers have explained to me!

I have just gotten my first job to illustrate a children’s book for a couple of professors at the college (I have one year of school left but am 99% self-taught) and am feeling panic as I don’t know what size to paint on or how to combine the right side with the left side, etc. I only had one class with InDesign so am not very adept at using it at this point. I do have the adobe creative suite 4 but only understand PhotoShop so far.

Can you give me any advice on the side of watercolor paper you paint on? Do you paint, for example, a separate paper for the right and for the left and then put them together in PhotoShop? What size works well for a children’s book,

Any advice will be greatly appreciated,
Thanks,
Terri

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