Illustration Process

Piper Picks the Perfect Pet has approximately 180 words (painstakingly crafted by Caroline Tuohey ), which is not a lot of words for a picture book. This excited me greatly because every word was perfectly positioned leaving me with a huge blank canvas to create the illustrations.

The ideas flowed VERY easily, in fact I think I had the first roughs drawn in a couple of days! 

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Sometimes I have too many ideas and this is where working with a great editor (Nan McNab) helps hone the perfect choice for the final illustration!

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Idea 1 – goat (who is taking who out on the lead?)

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Idea 2 – man eating lizard!

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Idea 3 – goats will eat anything

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Idea 4 – I love a blue tongue lizard!

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Final artwork!

 

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Stretching the water colour paper is lengthy but a vital part of the process to make sure that the finished artwork is completely flat to ensure perfect scanning without any buckled paper creating shadows!

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Detail of the front cover illustration.

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I use a pencil extender to make sure I utilise as much of the pencil that is possible!

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I hang finished artwork above my desk so I can use them for easy referencing as I complete that pages, it also keeps the artwork safe from any accidents!

 

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Endpapers are my favourite especially when I get to do two different ones for the front and the back of the book!

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Written by Caroline Tuohey, illustrated by Nicky Johnston, published by Ford St Publishing

Piper Picks the Perfect Pet is available October 2020 🙂

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Staying creative,
Nicky x

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