I’m still trying to catch up to current projects in these blog posts, which I’m making more challenging for myself by continuing to produce work…which is a good thing. More on that subject later.
Hot on the heels of finishing the cover for the fourth installment of L.S. Gagnon’s Little Witch Series, I was asked to come up with four story illustrations, one for each of the four original books. I had some general guidelines about what scenes to represent, but was otherwise left to do what I do. This was a very interesting and fun exercise. The images were intended to be printed out at 11″x17″ and put on display at a book convention to help attract attention to the series. Both the finished print size and the overall proportions for these illustrations was larger than the book covers, they needed to be portrait orientation compositions, and I didn’t have the constraints of trim margins, titles, blurbs, etc. That left me with more real estate to plan and use. It also allowed me to be a bit more dynamic with the compositions. Throughout the process, I tried some new techniques and built several brushes, and I was able to produce them all in about a month and a half (which isn’t easy when your primary function is stay-at-home dad)!