Thursday, October 4, 2012
Bartholomew Makes a Decision - Art Work
I used these images to layout the composition of the painting and made the first layer of paint on canvas. From there I built up the surfaces and colors to create a finished painting of a plate of kale, corn and green beans. The cooked kale was the hardest to paint. It was hard to get a focused picture of it as its edges are rather soft and difficult to pick out. In case you were wondering, yes, those are pine nuts on the kale in the final painting.
After completing the painting, I took the image to Photoshop and added the words KNOCK KNOCK and the title. This was a fun stage - turning a painting into a book cover
The next step was to create a background for the inside text pages of the story. Continuing with a food theme, I created drawings of forks and spoons. These images line the text pages and are faded behind the text. This was a very fun story to illustrate. I like the idea of not showing Bartholomew or Gerald, but letting the reader develop their own physical image of the characters.
As mentioned, Bartholomew Makes a Decision, the first story of The Book of Bartholomew, will be published on Friday, October 5, 2012 at http://www.bookofbartholomew.com/