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
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:
I´m not exactly a sketchbook artist. Most of my sketches tend to lead nowhere and what usually happens is that 99% of all my illustration work that starts with some kind of sketch or pre-planning stage will inevitably end up looking like something totally different in the end.
Almost nothing of the illustration work you see on my site was planned. I like to take a blank canvas and simply paint, create from scratch not knowing what my next brush stroke will look like or what color will I use next.
So I have no idea why, but I just doodled this little thing here. I was searching for new ideas to do a bunch of pics more inspired by Oz and also by The Neverending Story ( as most of my fantasy pics are anyway ) and this came out.
So here it is. Now I´m going to take this and try to do something out of it and I can bet the end illustration will also have nothing to do with what is on this “initial” sketch.
I know that people like to see sketch work and rough drawings so I´ll try to post some more in the future.
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If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for an affordable children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project ( I do not descriminate print on demand material for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
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