Artwork Process

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

With my first children’s book, “THE FIFTH DAY SEA CREATURES,” now available on Amazon, I decided to give some insight into how I create my artwork.  Since I utilize a pointillism technique, the process can be quite tedious.

I am going to use my Macaw, from my upcoming book “THE FIFTH DAY WINGED CREATURES,” for my example.

To begin with, I start with a light pencil sketch. The sketch was too light for my camera to pick up, so I left it out of the picture on the right.

Next, I begin to slowly add small black dots with india ink.  I use these dots to define the shaded areas. (See top Macaw)

Once I am satisfied that the ink dots, I begin to add watercolor.   I work light to dark, while still utilizing a pointillism technique.  After each layer of color is applied, I have to wait for it to dry before applying the next coat.

Now that the watercolor is added, I do some touching-up with my ink dots.  Finally, I add the black background digitally.  I have tried to use black ink for the background, but the digital background helps keep the black nice and dark without any signs of brush strokes.  The strong contrast allows the picture to stand out.

 

Thank you to everyone who has been inquiring about my first book.  THE FIFTH DAY SEA CREATURES is now available on Amazon