The moment I read Dimity’s manuscript I was connected. The visuals of the characters, scenes and sub-stories came with such ease that my initial concept roughs were almost completed before the contracts had actually been signed!
This post-it note layout was my map, I then moved on to larger to-scale size images where I really worked out the sketched scenes.
Some scenes didn’t go any further….
All my sketches passed through our fab team at EK Books, and once everyone was happy with them, I then worked on the final roughs at 100% finish size. These pages were scanned and sent to the art designer, who placed them with the text layout to make sure everything worked together well.
Once all the final roughs were approved, I was able to start on the fun part – PAINTING!! I like to stretch all my watercolour paper (so it doesn’t buckle once dry, so important for quality scanning)
Once all the illustrations are complete, I packaged them all off to the courier to be delivered to New Zealand for scanning, then it is all up to the amazing team at EK Books to complete the project.
The absolute best part of this entire process is receiving the advanced copy… Now to get organised for the Book Launch!!
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