Riley’s Tooth | Sneak peek at final illustrations…

By heather at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 22, 2009

riley's tooth dogs toothfairy watercolour children's book illustrations

I’m a little over halfway through stitching together the scans of my watercolour illustrations for Riley’s Tooth, written by Diane Cantrell (Author of Good-bye, Baby Max). I’m really pleased with how the illustrations have turned out, especially since they are entirely in watercolour (a first for me as normally I switch to pencil crayon for the finer details.) Here’s a preview of three of the sixteen illustrations for Riley’s Tooth.
riley's tooth dogs toothfairy watercolour children's book illustrations

riley's tooth dogs toothfairy watercolour children's book illustrations

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Spotty & Eddie Visit PercÚ | Children’s book sketch thumbnails

By heather at 8:09 am on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

spotty and eddie visit perce thumbnail sketches notes

For those who are curious about the process of starting illustrations for a children’s book, thought I’d post a scan of the first pencil-to-paper (click image to see full size) on my latest project (Spotty & Eddie Visit PercÚ.) The first thing I do is print off the manuscript and mark with a pencil where I think the pages should be split up. Then I sketch thumbnails of the entire layout (cover to cover,) and start making simple notes on what should go on each page… this allows me to see if the story will fit the page count, and what ideas I need to combine into the same spread.

spotty and eddie visit perce thumbnail sketches notes

After thumbnailing, I go back to my InDesign layout, drop the manuscript in there with gray FPO (for placement only) image boxes where the illustrations will go, and write in little notes of what is to go on each page… I save this out as a PDF and send it to my authors/publishers for their feedback before I delve into proper sketches.

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Truly Kettle Chips Taste Test

By heather at 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 4, 2009

truly kettle chips zellers illustration packaging

Being back in Canada it was fun popping into various shops and seeing my illustrations in action on products. I stopped at Zellers and was giddy to find row upon row of the Truly Kettle Chips which I did the packaging illustration for. Though I didn’t get to enjoy the experience of taste-testing them in zero gravity like Rick Mercer, it was yummy scarfing down “my” own chips. We followed up the junk food binge with some of the Breyer’s Double Churned ice cream which my brother, Jason MacKay, did the illustrations for.

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Back from Canada

By heather at 5:13 pm on Monday, August 3, 2009

photo heather castles waterlily algonquin park canada

Just got back yesterday from our nearly 7 week trip to Canada to visit family & friends. Was a great holiday, starting with two weeks in Kelowna, followed by a week or so each in Toronto, Michigan, Ottawa, and Algonquin Park. I stumbled across some great art while there (see Miriam Dwyer, Wanda Martin Hicks, and Andrea Ross), took the plunge and bought an Intuos Wacom tablet, and even bought a few bags of the Truly Kettle Chips I did the illustration for. So lots of goodies to share with you all over the next few weeks!

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