I do a lot more planning for my picture book art than I do for my other kinds of painting. For one thing, I need to make sure that the image is in the right dimensions for the page of a picture book. I’m also careful to keep in mind where the ‘gutter’ of the book will be so that on a two page spread I won’t split the main character’s face in half!
I start each painting with a careful sketch that I transfer to watercolour paper using tracing paper. (click here to see an original sketch and the final artwork) After that I do an initial watercolour wash, working on all areas of the painting. I might go over some of the areas a second time, deepening the colours. The final part is working over some of the watercolour with coloured pencils, refining some of the images, adding details etc.
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