Thursday, June 29, 2017

More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions Part 8: Drawing Faces and Details

More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions is a book dedicated to those who don't mind a few dandelions and for the dads who are always wishing for more time with their children.

I hope you buy the book for your family or as a gift for an enthusiastic new dad or a blossoming young reader! The book is available on AMAZON. I really appreciate your support!

As I have said in the previous posts in this series, my goal was to create the illustrations for More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions without a computer. However, I was very nervous about drawing the facial expressions. I kept thinking, The wrong smile, an eyebrow going the wrong way, or eyes not in the right place could ruin everything! All those hours of stamping could be wasted if I don't get the facial expressions just right.

My nerves almost pushed me to scan the stamped illustrations into my computer and then digitally draw in the facial expressions. I thought, This would allow me to make mistakes without ruining my art.

Then, I found a light box at a church rummage sale for $1. I had not thought about using this tool before, but as soon as I saw it I knew how helpful it could be. The light box gave me the confidence I needed to finish the illustrations without a computer.
I laid a clear transparency sheet over my stamped art and drew the facial expression until I got it right. 
I was able to make mistakes on the transparency without ruining my art. (And there were A LOT of mistakes!)
Once I got the facial expression I wanted, I moved the clear transparency behind the stamped art. The black line was visible and I could trace directly onto the stamped art.
I was dreading this part of the process but instead it was very relaxing and fun to see my characters come to life.

I added faces to every stamped illustration that I made, even the ones I didn't like! There were over 100!
After all the illustrations were complete, I scanned the best illustration of each page spread. My dad owns a print shop and has the latest and greatest in scanning technology. He helped me get the colors just right! (Thanks, Dad!)

Later, I added the text to the scanned art. (I did have to use the computer for this.)
Original Scan

Text Added Illustration

After adding the text, the only thing left for me to do was to upload all the pages to Createspace for publishing. I went through numerous digital proofs and two printed proofs and finally More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions was ready! After six months of hard work it was time to set the book free for others to read and see. I hope you like it!

This is the final post in my 8-part series! Click here for previous posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7  -- Please share these posts with family and friends. Thank you!!

More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions is available on Amazon:


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