In honor of my recent visit to Mystic Aquarium and an eye opening visit with Juno the Beluga Whale, I thought I'd do a quick post about the process of making a kidsbook, focusing on some aquatic critters from my book 'JUMP!'.
First is the sketch doodle stage, which is all about exploring visuals for the different characters, trying to find what is right for the book. Wee little kids, for whom Jump was made, get a bit timid when a shark shows up on a page. It took a while but I eventually figured out if you give a scary critter one tooth, they get that it is a shark, but aren't scared of it. Here are some prelim drawings from my sketchbook:
I then inked them with a brush and Higgins Black Magic (Waterproof) and do the final water color flats. Or maybe I reversed that sometimes, watercolor first then the final ink.
Finally, the paintings are scanned, the text is added, and then it is off to the Printer. Then about a year later your book comes out! (What you see here are the files the final book was printed from. (They removed the crop lines naturally!)