Anatomy of an Illustration

I used to think that illustrations just “happened” the first time pen or pencil was set down on paper. I’ve since learned that many ideas, sketches and attemps leads to a satisfying image. I thought I would share my process of this little painting of Jody and Flag from the Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1938.

TN-Bears on the Road 110212Selected TN #3 110512Line Drawing 110712

Selected TN #7 111212

 Line Drawing 111312

Value Studies 111312

Several little scraps tracing paper, ink experiments and notes are always scattered around the art table.
Final Ink 121012 72 dpiDonna Jeanne Koepp

This is my submission to the SCBWI Tomie dePaola contest. Check out the submission gallery for many great black & white illustrations from The YearlingLittle Women and Tom Sawyer by SCBWI members.

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2 thoughts on “Anatomy of an Illustration

  1. wow, that’s a lot of initial sketches and attempts. i think i should do that too, usually i just draw two initial sketches (at most) before doing the final illustration. having more sketches/references can give me more perspective on how to execute an idea.

    good luck with the contest!

  2. Totally wonderful illustrations you’ve got there. Everything – the bears, fawn, and boy – look so beautiful.

    BTW, could you please post more information about the contest you’re entering? I’m interested! 🙂

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