I recently finished illustrating "Dozer's Run," a picture book to be published by Sleeping Bear Press (written by Debbie Levy and Rosana Panza). It is scheduled to be in May 2014. I guarantee that I will post more about this project as we get closer to the release date!
For now, here's a post about the character design and development of Dozer, the title character in this true story of a labradoodle who spontaneously took part in a fund-raiser half-marathon.
Click here for a Publisher's Weekly article about the book.
When I start a project, I focus on the characters. The first step is drawing; lots of drawing!
|I do pages and pages of these. I use |
photo reference, especially at first. Click to enlarge.
|Action poses. Click any of |
these images to enlarge.
|I like to put the character in poses |
from the book. I try to show action
and emotion from the beginning stages.
|Once I get some poses that I like, I do color studies.|
|My color versions can also be process studies. I did all of these |
color studies digitally, although I go for a "traditional" look.
|More color studies, but I've decided to go for|
an opaque, painted look.
|Color studies. Yep, I do lots of studies. At this point I'm |
starting to figure out Dozer's defining characteristics.
|Dozer is getting closer to his final look.|
|More color studies in a technique that is |
close to the final process.
|And in this cover detail you can see what I ended up with.|
|Here's a detail from a finished interior illustration.|