This is the first stage of the creating this image of Coraline, which was used for the cover of Bombshells Book 1.
This is an unusual piece because from the beginning I know I will it for multiple purposes. It needs to a) be a front cover for the book, b) be part of a larger compostion that will tie the front cover (featuring this piece) to the back cover the book as a wraparound cover AND c) it needs to be able to hold it's own as a "solo" illustration used for prints.
Steps 1 and 2 - just me working in my sketchbook (Canson Universal Sketch 11" x 14") using colored pencils (Prismacolor Col Erase Light Blue, Blue, Orange, Purple and Scarlet red). I prefer to use colored pencils in my sketchbook as I use a grey pencil all the time while working and I feel this frees me up and not feel so much like work, plus I love color.
At this point I have a general idea of what I want in my head, but I need to play around with details on the paper to see what will look best. Interestingly enough, I had Coraline holding a beverage at this point! I try her with a hat, play with the tilt and turn of her head, etc.
After I'm comfortable what I'm going to draw I move to the full size piece.
Step 3 - now I begin the full size illustration ( on 13 x 19 2 ply 500 Series Strathmore rough finish Bristol Board) using a Prismacolor Col Erase Light Blue and a Staedtler HB lead and holder. I VERY quickly rough in the basic pose/compostion with the blue pencil, then go right into nailing what I like with the HB lead. I lucked out from the start with her face being exactly what I want - doesn't always happy. Generally when I'm happy with the face/expression I can just cruise and finish a drawing.
Step 4 - After sitting back and taking a look at the drawing, I switch Coraline from holding a glass to an umbrella, change her hairdo, and begin figuring out just how I want her legs crossed.
Until next time!