So I had this idea. I took a landscape watercolor painting course. I practiced. I sketched. And then...
After a lot of research and looking at pictures and recalling childhood trips across country, out came the book in tiny thumbnail sketch form. I'll show you the art process for one of the book's illustrations.
|tiny 1x2 inch thumbnail of Kansas illustration|
|printed out the sketch I drew onto watercolor paper...ready to paint the foreground elements|
|main elements painted|
|now time for the background landscape|
|cornfields under a big Kansas sky.|
|ready to scan in and join up|
Here are some peaks at a few more as they were in progress at one stage or another. Bonus points if you can guess where the locations are without seeing the full view. Good luck! (Can't wait to show you the rest!)
|So I take the backgrounds I paint and the foreground objects I paint and put them together in Photoshop.|