end of project children’s book

Finished another book, be looking for it soon on Amazon. Here is my desk this evening… all pau.

children's book done
children’s book done
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Steps for Watercolor Illustration

 

Continued…  painting images for children’s books?

Steps Involved…

These examples of the steps are from a new book I am currently working on making watercolors for “preschool age” children.  It is written by a talented Australian author named Julie Anne Ford. I will let you know when it is up and ready to see on Amazon.com
entitled, 

HAS ANYONE WARNED YOU I LIKE TO TALK?

Amelia is the darling 5-year-old main character

my previous post covered the sketch approval steps 1 & 2.
PAINTING
3. -resist

initial masking and background setup for watercolors
little girl with fantasy background laying in of background washes.

I usually use resist to hold out the areas I want to keep white.  It is sometimes called liquid frisket or resist and it sure makes the painting easier and faster. You can see the masking material on the surface of this painting, it is shiny yellow.
4. -washes/backgrounds

layout of a little girl in a fantasy background
painting backgrounds in a watercolor painting

I begin by laying in the washes and backgrounds. The bright colors filling up the big areas really quickly begins to bring the ideas-to-life.
5. -main subjects

fantasy creatures behind a little girl talking at the dinner table
painting objects and subjects for 3D shading and form

Now it is time to add form and details to main subjects and get that 3D shading thing happening.
6. -remove resist/frisket

fantasy creatures behind a little girl talking at the dinner table
remove frisket

7. -details

I will not be able to share this finished image with you on the blog, as it would cause problems with the author’s copyright. But the book will be available soon on Amazon.com. Feel free to contact me if you need any assistance locating it.

Steps for Drawing Roughs

 

How do I go about illustrating images for children’s books?

These examples of the steps are from a new book I am currently working on making watercolors for “preschool age” children.  It is written by a talented Australian author named Julie Anne Ford. I will let you know when it is up and ready to see on Amazon.com
entitled, 

HAS ANYONE WARNED YOU I LIKE TO TALK?

Amelia is the darling 5-year-old main character

SKETCHES

1. Rough sketches
rough sketch

These are the quick ideas I put down as I read through the text, sometimes the author will request changes at this stage.
2. Final sketches

rough pencil sketch little girl and fantasy scene behind her
rough sketch

this step is usually where changes are requested…

little girl with collage of ideas behind her
final sketch

next is the painting…

original chalk portraits at church missions sale

Please come to our “Missions Boutique” for the Country Church of the Open Bible here in Elk WA it is at The Firehouse on Hwy 2

35007 N. Newport Hwy

tomorrow morning, Friday: starting at 9am till ?6 or 7pm

Saturday: Starting at 9am-till ?3 or 4pm

There will be five original chalk portraits of Jesus starting at $20 each (you can always donate more).

chaulk portrait, Jesus
church donation

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I practice with chalk and black paper doing the highlights so I don’t get too used to seeing only the dark shadows which is what I spend the majority of my time illustrating with for books and b&w drawings. Highlights vs Shadows… try it and see how opposite it is for your brain.

 

background of chaulk portraits of Jesus

Have you ever noticed that the face of Jesus throughout history has been totally affected by the looks of the people in the society that the painter lives in. If you think about it, this is only right because we have never really seen His face. There were no portraits painted of him during his travels, no photographs taken of him while he was on this earth. We have no selfies of Jesus so… We draw and paint Him from feelings in our heart and soul as a God/man coming to save us using the male faces in  our experience.

In Northern Europe Jesus tends to have a very Caucasian slender face with light hair (straight or a little wavy). Moving South He morphs into curlier darker hair and skin. Going into Paul’s region of travel He becomes more like the people in Turkey or Arabia with a dark slender face and more prominent nose. In Africa many times He is painted as a black man. The most amazing thing about the portraits of Jesus in the art galleries is the universal sense of “awe” that is incorporated into most renditions. You can tell the artist is trying to relay a very important feeling.

portraits of Jesus

I am practicing drawing with chalk on 8×10 black paper to kind of reverse things in my brain. Drawing the highlights instead of the darks. I usually end up drawing the shadows most of the time. These are portraits of Jesus I’ll do after work this week as many as I can do.

chaulk portrait, Jesus
church donation

I am going to donate them to our church “COUNTRY CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE, Boutique Sale this Friday starting at 9am at “The Firehouse” 35007 N. Newport Hwy (across from Riverside Market on Hwy 2). You can check out hours and other information at their Facebook page here.
http://www.facebook.com/countryobc

realistically colorful yet surreal