Sometimes! But I still mostly use traditional art materials and tools.
Above are templates, triangles, a French curve, on a desk with parallel bar.
For my illustrations I use watercolor and India ink on watercolor paper. My favorite paper is Fabriano Artistico Hot Press. I use Rapidograph technical pens for inking. I have started sketching on an iPad Pro using Procreate instead of my previous method of using miles of tracing paper. I then transfer my sketches to watercolor paper using a printout and a lightbox, using pencil which I ink over and then erase.
At that point I may use my computer to touch up small mistakes once the illustration is complete, or to add a text layer.
I build my ideas up from little things, and keep adding and subtracting until I work out an actual story.
I find ideas can be put together from mixtures of elements from anywhere and everywhere in life: memories, dreams, strong interests, observations, favorite things, obsessions, wishes, strange facts, curiosities.
I also try very hard to remember what I liked in childhood: what kind of ideas I found irresistible. Such as: finding a secret passageway (I am still looking!)
Many! Some highlights:
About a year or more for a 32 page picture book, depending on complexity and length.
Yes. I was trying to build skills for a possible future in the circus. And I learned to juggle too.
I am the one on the right. With the sign and wig.
(Parents: take note of the above warning signs of the future freelancer!)
Twice! Each time took five weeks
I heard of it being thrown away one day in Brooklyn: I took the subway to get it and caught a cab to bring it home.
I had coveted a toad house for a long time, and made one out of an upside down clay pot.
I will never tell!
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