Here's the finished painting of that sketch I showed last week from my next picture book, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, written by Mac Barnett. You'll notice this image has a much wider composition–between the sketch dummy stage and the final painted stage the book got lengthened and rearranged somewhat, and this illustration needed to turn into a two-page spread.
For the illustrators out there, this was painted in Photoshop with a Wacom Intuos tablet.
Previously, I've shared a little bit of my forthcoming picture book, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem (written by Mac Barnett). In the coming weeks I'm going to be showing a lot more, starting with this post. First off, the cover again, this time with type in place:
Regular readers of this blog, and people who have seen me speak, already know that I like to use as much reference as possible for my illustrations, from photographs to...models:
Turns out it's really difficult to find good pictures of blue whales. I guess they're to big to photograph. There are a lot of good illustrations of them out there, and those were helpful, but what really helped me on this book was a nine-inch-long plastic blue whale toy. I think you'll understand why when you see more illustrations from the book.
And, as I often do, I sculpted a little model of the titular character, Billy. He's made out of Sculpey and painted with acrylics.