I’ve been up to my eyeballs in sketches and illustrations for the newest Investigator Anne book, so I thought I’d post a little teaser.
I’ve been sketching the spot illustrations for “Investigator Anne – Case #5 Grave of the Indian Princess.” Usually there is anywhere between 80 and 130 illustrations in the Investigator Anne books. I feel like it’s important to have a lot of pictures in early chapter books. It helps to break up the wall of words that can look so overwhelming to young readers.
After the sketches are done, I finish them up with a cleaner drawing. Gizmo is a fun character to draw. I love his big goggles and inventive personality. He is always creating some kind of gadget. In this book, his newest, one-of-a-kind invention, is just as brilliant as ever.
BTW, you may wonder why this style is so different from other styles I’ve done. It’s obviously very different from the watercolor I recently finished. The reason is simply that this style is a relatively quick way to illustrate a book with so many pictures. There really aren’t many chapter books out there with a full-color illustration on nearly every page. I use this style mainly to save the book buyer’s money. My books are always a low affordable price, and this is just one way of how I can make it that way.