new book beginnings ~ db

orisha

The first thing: If you are are a divine being, climbing down from the heavens to create some solid ground on a watery Earth, it’s always helpful to bring along a chicken.

The second thing: Today was a good illustration day. A piece I fought with in the sketch stage, which became my favourite in the drawing stage (when I finally figured it out) and then got away from me during colouring – becoming my least-favourite and causing me much pain and sleeplessness and bad dreams (really) – has come back to me today and was solved! And now it’s a favourite again. I love it when that happens. I just wish it would happen in a matter of hours, not days or weeks.

The third thing: This is exactly how things are (except I don’t have an awesome little dog to share my misery with). (via Drawn)
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DB_Origami_boat_black_outlines_sm_varThis post is part of a series documenting my process of illustrating the picture book Dream Boats (author Dan Bar-el, pub. Simply Read Books). The entire series of posts is archived here.

View a slideshow of all the work-in-progress images including first sketches, reference material, mistakes, redraws, and tests, to final art at a much larger size, here.

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