Blog Post – 09.30.2018  

| My illustration art technique & Process |

LINE WORK

I scan my pencil sketches into the computer where I work further with composition, scale, etc. in Photoshop.  I work at the necessary size of the book. Once I’m happy with it, I’ll print out the concept as a reference for the final cleaned up drawing.  I like using fine Micron pens on heavyweight Bristol paper, 300 Series.  There is no reason other than I like how the paper and pen relate to one another when drawing meticulous and delicate lines. This is where I add fine detail,clean up the lines, and enjoy the meditative process of creating my art.

WOOD TEXTURE & COLOR

After my line work is complete, I set that aside and move onto wood texture.  I use high quality birch veneer panels often used for wood block prints. I can have them cut to any size I need.  The one pictured here is 6 x 8 inch, which I double up for a double page spread in a book. I’ll gesso the board using thick brush strokes to obtain texture, and let it dry.  
I make a copy of my finished line work and tape it down on a registering device I created.  This allows me to line up the pen drawing on the textured wood board.  I fold back the paper while I dry brush acrylic paint onto the areas of wood board that need color.  I then bring the paper back back down to see if I filled in the entire area or need to apply more.  I continue this method until I’ve painted in color where I want. I let this dry once again.

RICE PAPER

I print out my final ink drawing on thin, acid free, Japanese paper. I apply this to my painted wood board and let it dry.  This technique allows the textured board and color to be seen under the ink drawing nicely.

ACRYLIC PAINT

Storytime / 6 x 8 in / ink , acrylic, Rice Paper on wood /  ©2018 Andrea Yomtob
I finish the illustration with acrylic glazing.  
-Andrea
 

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