Digitally painted cover and illustrations in ink for an action packed children’s novel complete with midnight rides and mystery
I had a great time working with author Roz Kay and Hayloft Publishing throughout 2019 on this book. I flew through the chapters and enjoyed bringing the big and small moments to life on the pages with pen and ink. Keep reading to learn more about the cover illustration and interior page art process!
After getting a grip on what elements needed to be incorporated into the book cover, I came up with many thumbnail sketches and showed three. One of them was selected and I set out to illustrate the cover digitally for better flexibility. The first version was black and white, then I substituted in various color palettes.
It was a fun challenge to step out of my comfort zone and create something digitally with a hand crafted appearance.
Cover thumbnail sketches
A few of my favorite illustrations in pen and ink mixed into the pages of the novel.
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A few cover thumbnail sketches we considered before diving in:
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