3 stages of book illustration
1. My job is to depict the author’s story
Through my visual story-telling, I contribute my own creativity and ideas to the book – adding to the richness of the story is one of the great joys of being an illustrator.
2. The rough visual stage for a new book
Once I begin to read the story I tend to dream about what type of illustration technique I can use to best bring the pages and story to life.It’s exciting when this happens, I have to draw quickly to get all these ideas down onto my sketchbook.
I can then edit and work up the ideas using various media, if necessary I can turn my drawings into digital images and also animated characters. I then forward my rough proofs over to the publisher for feedback.
Once the publisher is happy with my rough visuals.
3. I begin the final artwork.
From concept to completed each illustration can take 1-3 weeks to complete.