Wow! Where did this one come from? This story was published a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't share the making of the images.
I started illustrating this story quite awhile ago. I had created Mr. McBardon because he really intrigued me as a character and I wanted to see what he looked like. I remember staying up late at night finishing him up. I wasn't completely happy with the final, but close enough to stop for awhile and come back to it with fresh eyes. Well, I never came back to it and didn't complete it until the night before publishing.
Here is the original Mr. McBardon. What was I thinking with THAT BACKGROUND??!!! I really like the plaid and Mr. McBardon, but that background, Oy!
I wanted to make a cover like a seed packet. That was the original idea. I created a sketch of a tomato from my garden and then decided to color it on the computer, instead of using watercolor.
I painstakingly removed the brown, because I hadn't saved a copy with the separate layers, and then added the blue circle in the background. Much better!
For this project I am not interested in creating a distinct style to my work but to work with what comes to me in the moment. This has resulted in many different styles and techniques used to create the illustrations I do. I like this since
There now, isn't Mr. McBardon better? His plaid stands out more and his feet are brighter. Ah, that feels so much better.
Sowing Plans was published on May 31 and can be read here.