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.
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.
ABOVE: The final painting for back cover (My personal favourite illustration in the entire book)
AVOVE: the final painting for the front cover
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.
Working out the character clothing is always a favourite part of book creating too, I keep a profile handy to refer to.
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.