Although I have worked many years as a graphic artist primarily working ebook covers, I find myself wanting to create illustrate books, especially artwork children can love, on more than one occasion. I've done art for a couple of books, and I even have my own projects I toy with from time to time. However the bulk of my illustration skills still are in comic books and other sequential art.
Illustrating children's books is a self-taught process for me, but I like to stick to what I know. I like doing a storyboard for the project (albeit with stick figures for speed), planning out the beauty of every double page layout, and yes. I even prefer to work in traditional mediums like watercolors or colored pencils on occasion. I'm not stuck to digital. I'm stuck with "what will look good?".
When it comes to a book cover, I lean very strongly towards doing fantasy. I *love* doing fantasy covers. My influences are the great covers you'd see in the book aisle in the 70's and 80's: book covers with artwork by Boris Vallejo or the covers to Sword and Sorceress. I create them using 3D technology as a base, turning the renders into a painted look.
I can't list what the most challenging thing I did was: it's all been a challenge on some level or another. Sometimes you forget the challenge as you get into the groove of simply telling a story, which is what I enjoy most about what I do.
My program of choice is Paintshop Pro with Photoshop running as a second. I tend to mix mediums and will use more than one program at any given time.
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