I have been freelancing as illustrator for some years. This year I have decided to be a freelancer any more. I rather be working my own projects from start to end. That is with support and from a co-worker.
The working method is simple and is commonly used. It goes like this:
I guess tis is the way most Childrens Pictures Books illustrators work.
- Initial concept stage. The concept is written down. Concept sketches are made.
- Manuscripting. Text.
- Storyboarding using pencil on paper. Matchbox size uncomplicated sketches at this stage.
- Sketching on paper using the right book page size.
- Lightboard copying for final drawings.
- Scanning at 300 dpi at 100 - 150%.
- Colouring in Painter and/or Artrage. Photoshop is being used for colour corrections if necessary..
- Text + Layout is made in Serif Draw or Craft Artist.
One of my favourite Childrens Pictures Books illustrators is Svein Nyhus from my neighbour country Norway. He has a very nice blog where everybody can learn and get inspired. I am not yet allowed to link to other sites in this forum. But just search for him at: sveinnyhus.blogspot.se and you will find him. Read the Bilderbokskolen / Picturebok Class and the Tegneteknikk / Drawing Techniques
If you dont' read Norwegian it is adviced to use Bing Translator (or some other translator) to understand, because the things he has to teach and say is just great.
How do you make your Childrens Picture Books? Please tell!