So back in the fall I worked out the thumbnail sketch for this piece. You can see it here, and here you can see the small scale color concept piece.
To submit my dummy I need a few final images of my illustrations to show the publisher what I am capable of and to give them an idea of what to expect as far as quality. So I took my small scale color concept for this illustration and made it into a full sized illustration.
I made a couple compositional changes for this one.
-I added more hands in different positions because I received feedback that former hand appeared to be taking away the jar rather than putting it down. I also wanted to show multiple people bringing jars for the boy to use, rather than just the one.
-I added the cat, as I want to him to appear at least once on every page spread. (As a child I always enjoyed having something to search for on every page).
-I also added more white space in the upper right hand corner as that is where the text will float.
Now for the process, I started with the graphite drawing with ink washes over top:
Then I started adding color with watercolor under paintings to select areas:
Then for the pastel color and value:
Starting to block out white areas with gesso:
And for the final I added some pastel shadows/reflections over top of it all (finally those jars are grounded):
One final illustration closer to being ready to submit my manuscript/dummy to publishers. Thanks for looking!