Lion and the Mouse Process-A
I am in the process of Illustrating a picture book for Benchmark Press based on the Aesop Fable-Lion and the Mouse. I wanted to throw up a quick process image from the book. This will quickly show my transition from rough sketch to final image of a lone character. I’ll show more process later about backgrounds, layout and type. But till then here’s the Mouse!!!
This was the initial rough sketch.
This is where I really went in and tightened the sketch before going to finals. (BIG difference huh!!)
Here is where I lay in the base colors of the mouse and establish his/her color scheme. I do this by having a second layer beneath the tight sketch. The tight sketch is set to multiply. This allows only the black portions of the sketch to show up when the layers are viewed together.
The final step is the finished painting. I paint this on a layer on top of the tight sketch and base color. If need be, I merge the three layers to create the final file.
Let me know if you have any questions!!
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