Thursday, September 23, 2010

An Illustrator's Process - Character Sketches

I love sketchbooks.

When designing my characters for a new picture book it’s wonderful to just play – sketch, doodle, plan out details.  I also make notes to remind myself later of ideas I’ve come up with.  It’s a good place to keep track of pertinent research references, too. 

I experiment with wardrobe, animals, houses, whatever might be used in an illustration.  I like to plan the characters, even before the thumbnails and dummy designs.

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