Except for the red hair, this is pretty much a flash back moment. Yes, this illustration is flashing me back to my good old college days. I always had paint on my cheek, and all over my art smock. In my early married days we lived in a small apartment. I had a small painting space to work in, so when I was working on large paintings, I’d turn some binoculars backwards so that I could “back up” in a way and see my paintings from a distance. I’d use a small ladder to reach the top of the painting. I had a habit of turning the paintbrush backwards and scratching the top of my head with the end of it, so I would often get paint strokes on the ceiling. There were always smudges of paint on the phone and the doorknobs.
This character is an important key in the solving of the newest case for the Gumshoe Crew. I am getting so close to finishing the illustrations for the new Investigator Anne book, “Case #5 – The Grave of the Indian Princess.” I just finished illustration #84 out of about 100. Hoping to do some more tonight. (I’ve got to go out and weed my garden in the meantime though. Planting time is coming!)
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.