Thursday, April 11, 2013

Working it out

I'm in the early stages of illustrating a new story by the fabulous Barbara Bottner. This is the fun part - where all the potential is's a brand new world.  I'm trying to visually work things out with thumbnails in a way that makes sense and enhances the story. This one is a bit tricky as there are two side-by-side narratives...
I'm getting to know the characters, deciding who they are, what they'll be wearing, etc.
The main story line takes place at the beach - I love doing beachy outfits!
Men are the hardest for me, but I like this hip dad I came up with.
Things always change and morph somewhat through the sketch phase and into final art stage, but at least the bones are there to build from. It's a fun time!


  1. I love seeing how others begin the process of characterising a new project :)
    It looks like you have made a strong start.

  2. Looks like you are creating in a sunroom? Looks like you have a lot of light.I love your work, as I always say...I think you do drawings of guys really well, I too struggle with that. I would be happy doing a book all full of 5 year old girls...Wonderful work as always. I love your work.

  3. thanks susan - the window by my work area faces south, and there was an unusual stream of sunshine that day for seattle!

  4. These sketches are so clean and orderly!! Mine at this stage look like they were drawn by a crazy person in a lightless basement using a knife and fork.