Children's book illustration - Nyunya and the Sea monster

Technical instruction for make childrens book illustration

Nyunya and the Sea Monster illustration

Nyunya and the Sea Monster illustration

I would like to share my drawing-technics with You, who is visiting my new site. Maybe it can bring some new experiences..:)

So, the first what I do is to DRAW! It sounds very simple , isn’t it!? But seriously, first I imagine the picture in my head, and then create a rough with HB or 2B pencil ( it depends what I have at home :) )┬á on paper A4. When I feel ok, or sometimes fabulous (rearly) it is ready to clean-up, I use a non-permanent black pen, the exact name of it is Stabilo OHPen Universal. I tell because this is a wonderful pen, helped me a lot during work. After all these I scan the picture on 300 dpi in Photoshop as PSD format. In Photoshop the first thing what I do is to choose the right colors for the background, because later they can’t be changed so much, for example: the sky is blue, the tree and grass are green, the water can be dark blue, etc..

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Later it will be easier to compare the colors with the smaller details. Normally I use the paint bucket to fill the big areas, after with Tablet I can paint with the brush tool, to make some shadows I use in multiply mode. But the most important in coloring is the bright-feeling when I am watching the picture, it shouldn’t upset me.
Sometimes happens to me that I am not satisfied with my result, then I have to import some different layers with other characters or new details.

So that is! I hope I said everything for You, anywhere You are!

One Response to Technical instruction for make childrens book illustration

  1. Sandra Levi
    - 2009. September 21. Monday

    Monika,
    Wonderful illustrations! So much character. I love your style. I too am an illustrator and use the same technique.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sandra Levi

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