Kazu Kibuishi’s Process for Creating Amulet


One of the best ways I learn is from other artists. So when I ran across the Eisner Award-nominated comic book artist and author Kazu Kibuishi’s art process I had to share it. Kazu Kibuishi is best known for his work on the Amulet series by Scholastic’s Graphix, but more recently he’s done the covers for the newly rereleased Harry Potter books. In the images below Kibuishi shows his process for creating pages in his comic series Amulet Volume 4. Like most of us he starts with a script, does some rough sketches, and then continues to refine. The first set of images is the script and rough layouts for the pages. Below each set of thumbnails are links to the larger versions of the images so you can see more detail.

Veiw the full size image of the Script Pages
Veiw the full size image of the Rough Sketch

These next set of images are pages 68 and 69 in the book. It’s a two page spread and might be the most striking of the illustrations. It’s amazing how the line work comes to life in the colored version.
kazukibuishiprocess03View the full size image for Pages 68 and 69 inked here
View the full size image for Pages 68 and 69 final image here

The last two sets of images are of preceding pages 72 and 73. Kazu bringing these 2 pages of story to life, from blue line to finals.

Veiw the full size image for Page 72 inked here
Veiw the full size image for Page 72 final image here


Veiw the full size image for Page 73 inked here
Veiw the full size image for Page 73 final image here


I love that Kazu released his process to everyone showing exactly how he works through his creative process. It’s so inspiring to see how others bring their artwork to life. Let us know what you think of these images and this process in the comments.

To see more of Kazu’s work visit his site here.

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  1. Joel Cook

    I just discovered his Amulet series (I knew of it, but just recently started reading it). It is an amazing work, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out!


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