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Brian Wonders:  The Making of a Children's Book

The Making of a Picture Book: journal entry 14

BRIAN READY FOR HIS CLOSE-UP


The book opens on a wide establishing shot that pushes closer and closer in as you turn the pages.  By the third page turn you land on a close-up of Brian, intensely focused and peering through his telescope.  Hit play to watch the time-lapse of the drawing.

tiny sketch

tiny sketch

This illustration started out as the quick sketch pictured above.  I thought it had the right energy and proportions, but it was a teeny tiny sketch, and for the close-up I needed a large drawing of Brian's face in order to fill the page.  Often it's impossible to recapture the spontaneity of a sketch, and after a couple of attempts I just blew up the tiny thing, printed it out, and that became my starting point for this illustration.  I think I'm going to do more of that in the future.  That's me tracing the sketch in the first few seconds of the video.  My glass desktop also makes a great light table.  I recommend it!

final black and white

final black and white

I used India ink for the hair and to get some deep shadows.  The rest of the drawing is graphite.  Stay tuned for the next post--the coloring process that follows in the computer.  

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