Thursday, August 8, 2013

King of Little Things

I've signed up for this amazing illustrator intensive class at the upcoming SCBWI conference in Nashville, and the following illustration is part of an assignment for this class.  I'm supposed to do a character sketch of the king in the story"King of Little Things"  The directions told me, he was not to look like a "gnome or lawn ornament", and that he must have "an aura of wisdom and kindness about him."    

Step 1.  Following this description I drew an outline, interpreting the setting to take place in the 1800s.  Why?  Because I LOVE the 1800's! 

Step 2.  I painted my sketch with water colors and then outlined every with a black, fine tipped sharpie. 

 Step 3.  And now for my special trick.  I scan my painting into the computer, and pull it up in Adobe Illustrator (a wonderful program for aspiring illustrators such as myself).  I do an image trace and then set the settings on low fidelity.  It cleans up the illustration a bit and give it a unique look. 

That's all folks!  Thanks for tuning in!


  1. So neat to see how your process works, Heather! Love your interpretation :) Have a great time at the conference!