Friday, June 15, 2012

Fred the Cat

Here is one of the full-page spreads from the children's book I'm illustrating.

First rough thumbnail

Felt like the cat and cat tree should be bigger in the foreground.
Somewhere in the approving process, it was decided that we need to turn the pages landscape direction instead of profile. Has taken some time to re-do.
Final sketch.

Putting down some pattern and value and light color in Photoshop. Keeping this page more monochromatic with some touches of color. 
Still felt the cat needed more contrast in size. Also added one extra toy.  
We'll probably be fading the background after I paint this to accommodate for script. There is alot in this book. But for now, will print this out on my over-sized printer on watercolor paper and get to work.


Kim Rempel said...

Oh, it's been too long since I really visited your blog. Love, love, love. Well, you know that ; ) Just breath-taking as always Kim.

Crystal Cook said...

Those are so great Kim. You really know how to compose for a picture book. I think that's what I admire most about children's illustration. Well that and the characters and yours is top notch there as well. And I love your post just before this one, that's not a book I've heard of before, will have to check it out. :)

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thank you Kim and Crystal!

HIL and ERIK said...

Haha, I love that Fred and his mug. I like his expression - just like a cat - smug and content. I like how he's holding onto his little cat toy.

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thanks Hilary. That's exactly what I hoped he would covey in his expression.

Tara Chang said...

How much are you painting after printing out? I think you can almost go with what you have here. I like the mostly monochromatic with small touches of color. This!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thanks Tara. I am keeping it fairly monochromatic. Trying a bit of Greg Swearingen's technique and some of Chris Sheban. So far, it's worked well.