Draw It, Line It, Colour It, Refine It:
I am currently in the final 3-4 weeks of my Final Major Project, the terrifying count down to Hand-In has begun, but let’s not focus on that.
My children’s recipe book is going to be based around the narrative of Astrid and Max cooking in their kitchen, with the children reading encouraged to cook along with them. For more on narrative recipes, click here.
Each book contains three recipes that follow an ingredient theme, the book that I am striving to complete for my Final Major Project is based around Strawberries (other books may be based around bananas, nuts, grapefruit etc). Each recipe is made up from eight steps, so in total that is 24 illustrations, excluding front and back covers and and other illustrations for preparation pages, parents sections etc.
Drawing the 24 steps was a process that took me quite a while, making the characters look engaged and the same throughout was the toughest challenge. After this it was the linework that needed to be completed; this stage allows me to refine the drawings on Adobe Illustrator, make them look more real and fix any mistakes. Finishing this, the final stage is adding colour to the characters and composition on Adobe Photoshop - the longest stage of them all. Above you can see the development of this composition from the initial to final stages.