The author needed some time to show the sketches around. So I start painting Wednesday. I have the sketches sized and printed on watercolor paper. Stacked almost an INCH deep! It’s kind of frightening to see how much I have to do.
The new deadline is April first, but that is to be DONE with the book. So the paint has to be finished before then. Thankfully I have the layouts done.
The way I work is: I break down the book into page thoughts, sketch out ideas for each page and plug them into the book layout with text. Once the author approves, I draw them much better, rescan and resubmit the book to the author for a final sketch/layout approval with the changes they made.
After that approval, I trace the art in pen on a light table and scan the cleaned up images in. Then I plug them into the layout one more time making sure it’s perfect.
I use a pdf of that file to print the pages directly on watercolor paper, and paint.
There’s a better way I am sure (like a cintiq!), but this works for me. If I screw up a painting, I just print another sketch template and go!
Still can’t believe I burned thru a 100 page pad and a half of drawing paper.