To give my students a goal to work towards, I create the piece I want them to do ahead of time.
In Sketch Book Exploration we went through the components of an illustration with text and took our concept, exploration and converted it to a cover image for our sketch books. As you can guess, I used an owl. Largely, I saw a level of creativity and ambition I rarely see when I teach adult classes. I was very proud of their finished art.
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The Outdoor Watercolor Learning Experience
So you wanna do a cover?
- Plan for text. How big? What shapes will it fit in?
- Match the image with the concept running through the book. Words in the title help with this.
- You want to steal a color combination from a similar cover. I used a publication that had the green and orange colors of a Hocking Hills photo.
- Do all of your concept drawing first. Thumbnail, sketch, full sized drawing, and color comps in that order.
- Use transfer paper to copy it over. You may have to redraw it to sharpen the pencil forms.
- Paint last.