|Cover mockup created in Photoshop, with linen image, and blank book photo|
So I wanted to share the process to "The Secret Garden" book cover as this was a prompt from my agent, Nicole Tugeau for her artists for this month. If you follow her @t2_illustrators.and.authors you'll see fellow agency-mates' book covers and interiors.
It started with a sketch I did for a personal project, which I remember having fun with..just adding more foliage and leaves, hidden animals, etc.
I look at this sketch now and think I will try painting it again : )
Anyway, here are snippets of the book cover and process. Lots of gouache/watercolor, colored pencil and photoshop to create the book mockup and pages.
|pencil on copy paper, just doodling....|
|So much fun to paint this. I kept adding and adding bits and pieces..would love to add more animals!|
|bw sketch on copy paper, layed out and duotone tinted in Photoshop|
|raw scan of painting (watercolor/gouache on smooth Bristol) - do you see the "key"?|
|Mockup of the color chapter header in Photoshop|
|Boy this was fun to paint..birds are hard, but so interesting to paint close up!|
I hope to do more of these book cover mockups - I really had a great time painting..and I have next up, The Wind in the Willows in my head. But, work calls, so hopefully I can attempt this this summer.
Happy June everyone! Have a lovely weekend! ~ Shirley