The illustrations in the book “How To Be Famous” are a combination of colored pencils, chinagraph and various textures that I layered digitally together.
When I started developing the book, I wrote the text and created the illustrations simultaneously.
I started with some rough pencil sketches to get a general idea of the compositions and the story's sequence.
Once I have decided on the final sketch I traced it to a digital, more detailed version.
Then I printed the sketch and hand-traced selected parts of the illustration with colored pencils and chinagraph.
Sometimes this step can take a while in order to find the one I'm most happy with.
Next, I scan it again. I created various textures with every possible medium I could find on my desk, in the yard or even in the kitchen. All the textures were scanned and categorized.
Afterwards, I started working on the digital collage, combining the different layers together in order to create the shapes and colour palettes I wanted for each spread.
It was important to me to create a clear contrast between the grey pigeon and the various colourful environments in order to distinguish and emphasize its presence.
The final illustration is: