I have been doing lots of conceptual work on a children's book for Rutherford House. Here are some sneak peaks for you of the sketch process!
I'll share more as the final art starts up... I'm planning to try a new technique where I ink most of the artwork but also have some large blocks of colour for contrast. I've decided to do this to try and challenge myself to have more visual contrast in the illustration and not outline every single detail.
The illustrator/artist that inspired to start thinking about being thoughtful around creating visual contrast between line work and bold chunks of colour is Hadley Hooper. She creates amazing works and I recently read a book called The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse. I don't work in the same media as she but I really respect her work and how her compositions are arranged. You can see a few samples below.
Wish me luck! If all goes according to plan, the book will be going to print this coming November.