These are two illustrations I did for The House of Illustration/Folio Society Illustration Competition. The images below show the progression from sketch through to finished art work.
You can read about the brief on my earlier post
Illustration in progress for “The Bloody Chamber”
First the sketch. I decided to use the scene near the end of the book where the girl is rescued by her mother.
Next I drew out the design on stretched saunders watercolour paper. I stared with cerulean blue to start blocking in the darker areas.
Then working with burnt sienna and a bit of Cadmium red start to bring the horse to life.
And the final finished version.
Illustration in progress for “The Company of Wolves”
This was one of my first sketches. The scene in the book where the girl banishes her fear as she sees it is no use to her.
And as before I draw out the design on stretched saunders watercolour paper.
I use cerulean blue to start as a backwash for the fur of the wolf. I find that although in the finished illustration it is hard to see i started with blue, it adds depth.
And the final piece…