Robot Workshop Coming Soon!
I am so excited to see this project come to fruition. The art is done, sent to the printers, and will be here toward the end of June! This was one of the most amazing projects I've ever had the good fortune to work on. (I mean, come on, drawing robots for a kids book!? I can't even imagine the kind of project it would take to top that!)
This was also my first opportunity to work with Art Director Giuseppe Castellano. For anyone who follows Giuseppe's twitter account, illustration work, or his excellent art direction, you knows just how incredible that opportunity was. What surprised me most about working with Giuseppe was his passion for the craft of illustration. Lots of people value the end product, but I haven't come across a ton of Art Directors who are just as enthused about the process of creating the art itself. With an Art Director like that, its hard to go wrong and I am grateful for the experience.
I have lots more to say about this project once its published and I hope you enjoy picking up a copy and drawing in it as much as I enjoyed creating it. For now, enjoy a closeup look at the cover!
I enjoyed working on the rough pencils as much as I enjoyed bringing the illustrations to life with colors and textures. Drawing complex machinery turned out to be very relaxing for me once I got the perspective set.
With the pencils in place, it was time to move onto color. I really wanted to hone in on a retro-futuristic color scheme where everything appeared to be glowing. These colors are what I remember from my childhood and the classic sci-fi material I grew up with. Painting mood and memories is one of the most rewarding aspects of illustration for me.
That's all for now! Be sure to check out the book at your local book store when it comes out this Summer - or preorder it on Amazon.