I get a lot of inquires about my illustration process.
I hope the information below will help us get to know each other better.
Do you do all your illustrations by hand or use digital media?
I prefer to do all my illustrations by hand.
Call me crazy but I love the feeling of paper and I love seeing an image emerge at my fingertips!
I start with an idea and some rough sketches on a pad of newsprint paper. I usually type up a simple story manuscript, too. Next, I fill-in thumbnail (small, simple) sketches on a pre-printed storyboard I've developed. Then, I measure out the size of the book I want to make (with extra space for margins, bleed, gutters...) and begin drawing the pictures lightly with a pencil on 300-pound hot press watercolor paper.
Next, I start painting. I switch between Staedtler watercolor pencils and a stacking set of watercolors by Koh-I-Noor (l love these!). When I have all the illustrations done in color I start detailing with pen-and-ink. I use PaperMate InkJoy Gel pens - no, they're not art pens but they are quick-drying, smudge-resistant, and cheap!
When the pages are complete, I scan them into the computer (300 to 600 dpi) and add the text digitally.
Will you illustrate my children's book?
I receive a lot of inquiries from writers and emerging authors.
I prefer to work directly with editors and publishing houses but am not against working for a self-publishing author* offering an adequate budget. Please feel free to contact me to talk about your book project!
What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?
I like to illustrate whimsical animal characters and fantasy stories the best.
I also enjoy doing highly-detailed work.
Where do you prefer to work?
I prefer to work at my kitchen table, the counter, a cosy chair...but my favorite place is at the ocean...
*Truth in advertising: Most publishers and editors prefer to choose the illustrator themselves. If you are considering submitting your manuscript to a publisher, please be aware that you will need to get their approval first to use an outside illustrator.