After I have my color and values figured out, I do a final detailed drawing that I will use underneath the final art.
Values & Color
Once I have the Notan figured out, I can move on to the value rough. In this piece I used 7 shades from white to black. From there, I can translate the values into color. This is where it gets really fun!
Notans - Fairies in the Boot
Once I have the thumbnail sketch, I can launch into notans. This is a black and white rendition of how the overall value pattern of the illustration might play out. I did four variations for this piece. Can you guess which one I choose for the final art?
Where to Ideas come from?
In this case, I had done a thumbnail sketch of a couple fairies playing in an old boot. I found it in a drawer and decided to pull it out and see what I could do with it.
Carlos is done digitally on procreate. He happens to be the Yoyo Champion of the World. Or so he says.
I am excited to attend the SCBWI New York Winter Conference this year. It will be my first time attending this conference. Although I will not be able to travel in person to New York, I look forward to a line of great children's book creators and speakers! This will be a virtual experience!
SNIPPETS FROM MY ART LIFE.