Picture This! Part 3
April 6, 2011
I got my first illustrating project in 2006 – A Paper Hug. I sketched out most of the illustrations in my large sketch book. I didn’t realize at the time how difficult it would be to scan those extra large images into my computer. Needless to say, on the next two books I used a smaller sketch book.
Once the pictures were scanned into the computer I used Photoshop to clean up and add color to the illustrations. This was probably harder than coming up with the drawings to begin with.
I showed the kids a bunch of my original sketches and talked about how I came up with the ideas and what happened when reviewers didn’t like the illustrations I came up with. We discussed why some images made it into the books and why others didn’t. The kids were really interested in that part of the process.
I also showed them the different story boards I had for the books. A story board can be a large poster board, chalk or white board or a simple piece of paper. The book is laid out page by page with simple sketches for each page. Then I think about it for a day or two (if I have that kind of time).
This is a good time to collaborate with the author. Some authors have a lot of input into the illustrations and others allow the artist total liberty in creating the artwork. Thankfully, I work with an author who allows me complete liberty. However, it is interesting how sometimes as I read the text, I picture a boy as the main character while the author had a girl in mind. At that point we talk and come to an agreement.
To be continued . . .