Tartan Meets the Queen | Sketches

By heather at 3:13 am on Friday, January 25, 2008

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustration pencil sketch

My sketches have just been approved for “Tartan Meets the Queen,” by Charline Crous & Lauren Everton… can’t wait to start the finals! Here is a sneak peak at a few of the spreads from the story. I plan to illustrate these with regular old graphite pencil on paper first… then I’ll scan, and colour the illustrations digitally with Photoshop (check out my easy tutorial here.)

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustration pencil sketch

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustration pencil sketch

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustration pencil sketch

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Concept Boards

By heather at 1:00 am on Monday, January 7, 2008

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

Developing concepts and thumbnailing is a step that I don’t often share with my authors, but is always the first thing I do before sketching in detail the layout of a children’s book. The first thing I do is break up the manuscript into chunks that I think would be fun to illustrate… basically dividing up the manuscript into however many pages the book will be. Then I brainstorm ideas and write notes for each spread, which gets out the cobwebs before starting to sketch! Then I sketch thumbnails (which are very small rough drawings) of each spread. By thumbnailing, I can work out where I want the text to go, what reference I’ll need to gather for the subject matter, and whether the compositions are working well. For “Tartan Meets the Queen,” by Charline Crous & Lauren Everton, I thought it might be interesting to share this earlier step with both authors to involve them earlier on in the creative process. You can see here some of my notes, thumbnails, and gathered reference materials for the story which I sent to the authors in PDF format.

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

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