Thursday, July 19, 2007

IF: Magic Carpet Moon Ride!

I was asked to do the August cover for Stories For Children. After looking through the various stories this month, I thought that a magic carpet ride would be really fun to do. It was! I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

To give you an idea of how I work, I've included some sketches below. I first make a number of character sketches until I find some I like (I haven't included the roughest sketches) then trace what I want on my lightbox (see first sketch above). Next, I scan these images into Adobe Illustrator where I tweak them a bit (mostly, I scale them to the size I want) and arrange them in a way I think will work (I haven't included this step above). After printing that, I work the background around the images (see second image) and scan that into Illustrator once again. Last of all, I print it off onto watercolor paper, ink it in, and paint! Sometimes I add an additional step of printing the finished sketch onto scratch paper and coloring it with crayons to get the colors just right before I paint it. Last night I decided to just risk it, and it worked! I hope you like the finished product.

To give you a little update, I just sent off my second batch of postcards (I used my homepage image from my website. I hope it will yield additional results. My last mailing has given me opportunity to get experience with Stories For Children and Fandangle Magazines. I haven't been paid, but it's given me a taste of what it's like to be an illustrator. I have actually received my first paid assignment last week (I haven't yet completed it, however) to do a logo for a writer's group. Hopefully, my continuing efforts will bring additional (paying) opportunities. But if not, I'm still having fun!


claudine hellmuth said...

fun to see the sketches and the finished piece! so great!

bookbabie said...

Nice illo and love the how-to:)

Deb Johnson said...

very cute illustration!

Cheryl said...

So much fun! I want to be there!