Monday, February 11, 2008

Loving What I Do....

The process for Gunther the Underwater Elephant is now in its third year.  This won't come as a surprise to anyone else who writes and illustrates their own picture book. The process is twofold. The manuscript must be perfected and the illustrations must hit the mark with consistency and impact.
 It began as watercolor and ink ideas.

I decided to refine the sketch and move the action away from us a bit, to show more of each character.

The first job was for me to define the areas so I could concentrate on who was where in this entanglement.

Then some color and shading on about 5 layers in Painter IX and X. I also made a change in the leg positions.

Finally I added some seaweed and darkened the sea a bit.  The final will have text at the bottom and maybe a few more bubbles with more clarity.


Kate said...

Wow, cool! So much thought goes into your pieces!

Bron Smith said...

I enjoyed reading about how you create your pieces. It was my lunchtime entertainment today. You mentioned that you work in Illustrator. I have it, but I've only used it once. I guess I'm stuck on Photoshop for now.

Ginger*:)* said...

No, I work in Painter, Bron. Illustrator is a mystery to me. I am taking detailed lessons in illustrator, but so far I am truly happy working in Painter. The only reason I would use illustrator would be to create those clean clear vector lines that I might need the next time I am asked to illustrate CARS!

Anonymous said...

I have always loved your elephants Ginger. . .and your underwater illustrations are my favorite!!