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I got the text for this book, about 70 words because its a board book, and I started thumbnailing. It’s much less intimidating to draw your ideas in tiny form. Who cares if it looks perfect!? Its just a baby drawing.
The book used to be way bigger and was supposed to have maps in it. Then there would be these little temple stickers you put in. But in a meeting it was decided that this would cost too much. I still think it would have been pretty cool.
Sketches for Approval
The approval process is a crazy beast. I try to figure out what they like, so the first few approvals are always rough. I also (try to) never take things personally. I drew it, but it doesn’t mean I’m stupid if it gets rejected.
But on the other hand it DOES mean I’m a spectacular artist if they love it.
It’s available to purchase here.
I thought it could be cool to share how I illustrated this book and how the press process works. I learned a lot (as I do every single day at Cedar Fort) and I feel soooo lucky to work where I do.
This was a fast project. Like insanely fast. This is because the original illustrator contracted for this book ran into some problems, and kinda just told us that he wasn’t ever into doing it. Unfortunately he told us this the week after the final cover was due for sales sheets.
I’m a graphic designer at Cedar Fort, a publishing house in Springville, UT. I’m also often in charge of finding illustrators for projects. I LOVE this part of my job. I like the contract negotiations. I like taking their stuff to meetings and helping the sales team and head of our company see the illustrator’s vision, and then going right back to the illustrator and helping them see the vision of the company.
Sometimes translation between non artist people to art speak is hard. Especially when “No, I don’t like this spread. Redesign.” actually means, “Please change the colors of the trees and sky and make the children a tad bigger and suddenly I LOVE this spread.” Happens ALLLL the time!
So anyways. As the only illustrator member of the design team I was perfectly placed to pick up the slack and take this project.
The next post will tell you how I begin my illustrations and a bit more into the (never ending) approval process.
Portrait of Philip of Spain for my digital illustration class. Philip was prince of Spain while Elizabeth was the Queen of England. He famously sent the Spanish Armada to invade England but was beaten by the British Navy. I have a real soft spot for His Majesty’s Navy because of A&E’s Horatio Hornblower series.