I just finished illustrating C. R. MUDGEON (Atheneum 2012), written by Leslie Muir, and I thought that it would be fun to show how the very last illustration was made.
First, due to the small size of the actual artwork, I had to scan and print a much larger version to work from (original sketch is on the right). An added benefit of this, is that all of my mistakes (hopefully) disappear when the painting is shrunk back to 100%.
Then, I cover the back of the print with graphite, transfer the sketch onto a block of water color paper, and get to painting. It's a coloring book at this stage.
I slowly build up the color with at least three layers of paint all around.
When the painting is finished, I use charcoal pencils,
vine charcoal, and blending sticks to outline and shade everything.
*washes hands from all the charcoal*