I am finding things a bit tricky this week. I'm trying to do a piece of pastel artwork, but the snow keeps covering my veluxes and blocking out all my natural light, so I can't judge colours. I've tried standing on a step-stool, hanging out into the weather, trying to brush it off with various implements, but within minutes it's back.
I'm doing the last remaining spread for Rumble, Roar, Dinosaur! (see Dinosaurs Are Back!)
Yesterday, I traced up the rough onto my pink paper (see Tracing Up Dragon's Dinner), then tacked it onto my drawing board, below the line-drawing rough (for reference: the pencil line quickly disappears under the chalk).
I also got out the intro page from the first book, Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur! The idea is for the two to work as a pair, but for them to also be sufficiently different from one another.
Interestingly, if you compare the artwork I did for the first book's spread (above) with the final version (below), you will see a few missing dinos...
This was because I did the artwork before Kingfisher decided to divide the book into two volumes (see Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur!). We used Photoshop to remove the dinosaurs that were moving to book 2, and do a bit of touching up!
I laid in some of the background colour before the light went (it's vital to work from back to front with pastels). The trick with it is not to lose heart when it looks so awful at these early stages!
I'm trying to make the two spreads different, by changing the colour palette, featuring rich, orange rocks. I may have to tweak the background as I go along, once I can judge it against the main characters, but I can't achieve the broad, smooth sweeps of background colour, once the dinos are in.
I'll post today's progress tomorrow, if the snow ever stops enough for me to see what I'm doing!