I just finished a vignette for my next book project with Jeni Leidenfrost, and thought I’d post the progress of how I create an illustration. I start with a sketch. After transferring the desired outline to my watercolor paper with tracing paper and graphite, I paint in preliminary shading. Next, I add more definition to the shading. Finally, I add the color and detail over the top of the shading.
The result: Bun Bun has (pretend) tea from a fancy cup while demonstrating bad posture.
2015 was a fun and exciting year. It saw the publication of a children’s book that I illustrated, Waiting Through Winter, and, at one point, that book hit #1 New Release in Stories in Verse on Amazon. My hopes are high for a productive 2016. I’m also hoping to get better at writing witty, engaging blog posts in 2016, but for now, I’m settling for informational.
“Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.”
We received a very nice review on Amazon for our book:
We Shall Have Spring Again!
By GMBurrahobbit on December 2, 2015
I love this book! Winter has always been my favorite season, but Jason Farley’s tight, lyrical prose (think George Herbert for littles) and Jessica Evans’ jolly illustrations make spring even lovelier … [read more]
“The animals are preparing to hibernate. The bear has been building up his fur, the squirrels have been gathering nuts in their home, and the birds are buckling down for a cold winter. And they are all willing to wait because they are all looking forward to the day when spring breaks. Jason Farley’s poem, accompanied by the beautiful pen and watercolor illustrations of Jessica Linn Evans, show a bear, a family of squirrels, and birds that all trust that Spring will come after winter.”
Introducing my newest book, Waiting through Winter, written by Jason Farley.
Waiting through Winter is a children’s poem that follows a bear, a family of squirrels, and birds as they prepare to make it through the cold of winter, trusting in hope that spring will bring new life when it comes.
Waiting through Winter is due to be published the first part of December and will be available for pre-sale in a few weeks. Keep an eye out for updates!