Demonstrates creating illustration for her book, The Rabbit Problem
Creating the character from the book, The Imaginary. No commentary, just a peek over her shoulder.
Short online tutorial by Grace Fussell that shows how to prepare a print-ready children’s book. Well illustrated and yet a bit intimidating to me right now.
This is a topic that I have not seen covered a lot. Lots of helpful information. Author, Alice Ratterree, offers the reminder to leave bleed space around the drawing. Other tips:
You don’t have to work at 100% scale, and many times should not. Take a look at any juvenile book cover. Many of those are printed around 6″x8″ or smaller. Who wants to (and can successfully) work at that scale? Picture books have a larger standard (in the ballpark around 8×8, 8×10, 9×11…) but there are still benefits to working larger than the final print size. For one, you enjoy more freedom to experiment with various mediums. Secondly, when a final illustration is scaled down, a certain magic happens in which details become a little more crisp, edges sharpen up a bit, and I’ve even found that color intensifies.