The illustration process for children’s books

It seems pretty straightforward right? Draft a story and get an illustrator to come up with some imagery to coincide with the storyline and you’re off to the presses. Not quite! Here’s a quick overview of the illustration process Where Albatross Soar has gone through.

 

A fascinating process, here are just a few steps:

Step 4 – Color Explorations: Colors set the mood for the story and are an important part of establishing the visual direction. As consumers, we have an unconscious emotional response to certain colors – again a science in and of itself. Sherwin paints some of the sketches to explore different color combinations and we discuss the intended change in mood & flow from page to page. Color explorations below:

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So Dad, how do you like the iPad we got you?

“Yeah, it’s good.”

He then proceeds to cut some vegetables on the iPad, use it to scrape clean his knife, rinse in water, and stick in the dishwasher!

The video is super funny, you have to watch it (German, 40 seconds).

Winter watercolor – a beautiful illustration of a pretty girl

Pen, ink, watercolor. Winter inspired ink drawing for the cold days that have dominated our December.

This drawing is based on one of my student assistants. It is a relatively quick portrait sketch.

The fun part is working with a model that has large expressive-eyes. The addition of a “fur” neck-warmer seemed to balance out the drawing and help it feel finished.

In the end, I decided to add watercolor because I goofed up a few of the ink strokes and I wanted another element to minimize the importance of the wayward marks!

(the inked area is about 12 x 18 inches)

Daniel Ibanez