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Many people ask me how to start illustrating for a children book, so this is an example of how I start to illustrate a book. I´m not actually one of those illustrators who do a lot of pre-planning and extensive sketches but I like to go through each text at this early stage and just translate it into a storyboard as if I was doing it for a movie as all my artwork is very cinematic anyway. At this stage is not about details but about the visual compositions and about the overall mood for each scene.

Story and text copyright by Serena Ferrari – 2019

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Once I get this right the rest is actually easy because it´s all about rendering and fine tuning each detail until a page is finished. But that´s another topic for later. For now this is how i start.

Check out the making of video below:

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Recently completed map for an upcoming board game.
Here´s some of the images and a sneak peek at the making of too because I know there´s a lot of people out there who enjoy to see how this things are done.

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This was actually a really tricky one. Each island had to be illustrated as if it was a single illustration with all the insane amount of details, then I painted the overall scenery, connected all the islands with paths, added the background for the space and sky and edited all togheter in Photoshop, although the original illustrations and 99% of the actual painting was done in Clip Studio Paint.

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As I´ve been getting a lot of requests from people who want to buy my tutorials on how I create this sort of landscapes, this new image ended up being like a test of mine for several techniques used to give life to a digital painting.

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT” – Inspired by Blade Runner, Frank Sinatra and Film Noir/Casablanca.

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And here in its Film Noir version to fit the atmosphere properly.

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Keep an eye on this blog for future updates on my upcoming tutorials. 😉

You can also BUY A METAL POSTER of this image at my DISPLATE SHOP HERE:
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HEROES AND VILLAINS
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Here´s an example of the type of pics I don´t do very often as they require a lot of human character figures which is something I have not much interest in creating (or talent for) as I preffer to focus on environments instead.

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But now and then like in the case of this exciting story by Douglas Meredith about Mars for book One of the Generation Mars series, I do need to create something like this. So I´ll go and do a mix between matte-painting and regular digital painting if I can call it that…
Anyway here´s a breakdown of how I did this one image for the book for all you guys and girls out there that enjoy seeing how an image comes togheter.


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For those who enjoy taking a look at how some books are illustrated here´s an example of one from some years ago.
Usually I don´t storyboard much but sometimes when a narrative is based on details that visually need to be constructed with abstract items like splatters for stars, the visual composition needs to be cinematic and work from page to page, etc, I tend to plan the book ahead shot by shot as if it was a movie.
This is a good example of what I do.  It´s all about the narrative and what a narrative needs and so each book presents it´s own challenges and needs different construction approaches so there´s not just one single method for me.
What follows is just an example of how was done for this one.

 

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One of the books I´ve illustrated some months ago is now available at AMAZON.com ; ”

Beware of the Nose-Biting Monster!: A Cautionary Tale for Petrified Parents

Written by Jay Miletsky and illustrated by myself, it was a fun book to do and apparentely people are enjoying it too as the reviews have been very generous.
Check it out at : https://www.amazon.com/Beware-Nose-Biting-Monster-Cautionary-Petrified-ebook/dp/B07FZFNJ4B/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538854012&sr=8-1&keywords=Beware+of+the+Nose-Biting+Monster%21%3A+A+Cautionary+Tale+for+Petrified+Parents

You can see a making of VIDEO HERE:
https://icreateworlds.net/2018/01/18/beware-of-the-nose-biting-monster-page-making-of-digital-painting-video-tutorial/

and another VIDEO HERE:
https://icreateworlds.net/2018/01/23/beware-of-the-nose-biting-monster-page-making-of-digital-painting-video-tutorial-2/

or check some early or unused sketches and abandoned ideas HERE:
https://icreateworlds.net/2018/02/20/beware-of-the-nose-biting-monster-page-making-of-from-doodles-and-sketches-to-the-final-illustration/

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Here´s a breakdown of the creative process for this one.

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This was inspired by one of my favorite scifi movies “NATURAL CITY“. I love oriental cinema and this movie in particular has a spaceport romantic scene that inspires me a lot,  so the whole feel for my pic came from that bit.

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Here´s a breakdown of most steps I took to do this “WEST OF OZ 9 : PINK BUNNY MECH BORDER PATROL” pic.

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As usual I don´t do any sketches or plan a thing and I just paint until I find something that I like. If I planned anything I would never complete a pic because my imagination would already be in the next one and would be bored to death just cleaning and rendering an image that I knew exactly how it would turn out in the end and I don´t like that at all.

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I like to go with the flow and simply paint it raw and direct from start to finish not knowing what I will be doing in the next minute with the image. Also I like to see how a painting changes during my creative process and this one is no exception.
So here it goes the making of for this one too.

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This was the first pic I did with my brand new HUION GT221 PRO wich I won a couple of weeks on the Huion illustration contest, and I´m still adjusting my painting style to cope with the new pen pressure levels of this new Huion pen. Also, the software used here is once again Clip Studio Paint as I gave up on the expensive and heavy Photoshop for good.

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So here´s the complete step by step making of for this brand new one. This is actually a good example of one of my ideas change overtime during the making of an image and why I don´t plan anything in advance as it would be a waste of time in my worklow anyhow. 😉
The initial idea was to place some sort of fairy tale village against an epic crashed spaceship but then that got a bit abstract at some point. Then I thought about placing a character reading an Oz book, but then again my pics are not about characters but about environments . So finally I got the idea of the rocketship. It gave the perfect retro style I was searching for and at the same time it helped to give scale to the whole background.
Here it goes, from start to finish.

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Just another pic for myself I´m working on. I´m in the middle of another complex children book commission, of which as it tends to be, I cannot show anything on my pages yet  because contractual reasons and so I need to have something to keep posting on this blog.
I started this pic yesterday without a single idea in mind as usual and so let´s see where this one goes or even if I get to complete it.

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TO BE CONTINUED…
These were just the initial steps and so this might even change completely in the next stages. I´m just letting my imagination go and have no idea of what I will be painting or adding next to this one either.
Fun stuff.

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Well, I think I´m going to put this pic on halt and give it some pause. It seems I cannot find the right approach for this one. No matter what I try this scene keeps lacking imagination and I´m not happy about it.
As you can see from these changes when compared to what I was doing in Part I and Part II of this pic I´m going all over the place with this but I don´t seem to get it working.

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Now it´s starting to get too much inspiration from Falkor from The Neverending Story and so I decided to “quit” on this for a while.
At least until I can find something in this idea which will allow me to input some serious imagination into the piece.
Right now I could take this as it is and clean it up well enought to have a really nice illustration at the end, but the imagination would still be missing from this. I don´t know what do I want to do with the character and even worse I have no idea what to do with the landscape …

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Many people think that illustrators only create finished pics that look good so this is a good opportunity for me to show that many times we do A LOT of stuff that simply does not seem to work. The trick is to keep doing it until we get a good idea. Leave a failed atempt to rest for a while and then come back to it later and that is what I am going to do right now. So for now this illustration is on pause.
Also I need to focus on a complex commissioned children book I need to do rigth now and that is maybe why my mind is not into this illustration rigth now.
Anyway, I wanted to show you how a failed illustration looks like. 😉

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Still trying to figure out what this one will become. I had an initial idea but I´m trying to experiment with some different stuff at this stage still. I like the dog creature but I´m not exactly sure what I want to do with the landscape yet…
At this stage I wanted to make the lighthouse less traditional and more fantasy and also I thought it was becoming too dominant. I still need to find the right balance and direction for this pic.

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At this point this seems to be going into some kind of scifi direction with a space ark or space world so I need to bring it back to a more fantasy setting tomorrow.
Stay tuned. Check Part I to see the begining of this one.

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If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let´s see what we can do.

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