So I've been hard at work on the art for Starry River of the Sky. It starts with a sketch:
|my sketches are actually drawn very small
This I scan into the computer and adjust to the right size, adding the border and cropping as needed:
|the border is just for placement, I paint a different border with each painting--the corner icons will be different
I transfer the enlarged drawing onto watercolor paper:
|I use graphite paper but it usually only transfers the main image and I have to redraw the details on the paper
It's a lot of prep work before painting:
|Here you can see the sketch in scale to the prepped painting
But after a about week of hard work, the finished painting! Voila!
Hope it looks good in the finished book!