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Illustration Process – Under the Same Sky

September 04, 2019 | Illustration | 4 comments | Author:

I love reflecting on the whole process of a book. Especially when I go back to some of my very first sketches. The evolution of illustrations can happen quite quickly but generally take many, many sketches to finally get the perfect story telling illustrations before completing the final artwork.

ROUGHS TO FINALS

 

 

COVER

The front cover of a book, as everyone knows, is SO important. It needs to give an instant feel to the story and an invitation to open it up and find out more.

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ABOVE: The final painting for back cover (My personal favourite illustration in the entire book)

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AVOVE: the final painting for the front cover

 

COLOURS

I always like to play around with a colour palette to see what feels right for the story. These were the colours I worked with for Under the Same Sky.

I generally use the same painting palettes throughout the entire book to ensure consistency.

 

 

CHARACTERS

Working out the character clothing is always a favourite part of book creating too, I keep a profile handy to refer to.

 

WORK IN PROGRESS PHOTOS

ENDPAPERS

My favourite part of creating a book is deciding on the endpapers. Throughout the book’s process I really get to live the entire story and it is like placing the bow on top of a nicely wrapped present. I love the end papers so much I always save doing them until last.

 

Under the Same Sky is written by Robert Vescio and published by New Frontier Publishing. 
Available September 2019.

 

 

Staying creative,
Nicky x

 




4 COMMENTS


  • Avatar Dimity Powell September 04, 2019 at 11:21 am | Reply

    It’s not even my story, but I just adore the illustrations in this book, Nicky. The wildness, the love, the joy, the colours and of course…the pigeons!! I am always utterly captivated by the artistic process. Thank you for sharing it with us as always, Dimity xxx


    1. Nicky Nicky September 06, 2019 at 12:21 pm | Reply

      Thanks so much Dim, I am humbled by your words x


  • Avatar Robert Vescio September 05, 2019 at 20:10 pm | Reply

    The master at work. Love this! Thank you so much, Nicky. 🙂 xxxxxxxxxx


    1. Nicky Nicky September 06, 2019 at 12:21 pm | Reply

      Thanks Robert x



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Nicky is a children's book author and illustrator. She is the creative director of 52-week Illustration Challenge, inspiring others to connect with their creative souls.

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