|Digital watercolor base with color pencil lines (Painter 12)|
What's strange is finding images on the drive that I don't remember making . . . ( I do find this happening more often as I get older.) I'm pretty sure I did these images . . .
yea . . . pretty sure . . .
This image is one of those test sketches I was doing last year when I was making my children's book. I do remember making quite a few test sketches, trying different styles and looks -- but time was the key back then. To do the entire book in a more painterly style would have easily added another month to the workload.
I really wanted a sketchier style to the book, but I was concerned on how to control the pencil line details. Transferring pencil lines to print is tricky and risky; it's very easy to lose many pencil strokes when scanning into a computer. Since this was to be my first major self published book . . . I wanted no risks taken. The final decision was to go with heavy ink lines and spot coloring, making it a very cartoony-looking style.