Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Tue, 02 May 2017
After all the work I’d put into the illustrations so far, this one felt like cheating as it only took me a couple of hours.
There was no pencilling stage at all.
At this point in the book the pace calms down dramatically, and there’s a moment of reflection and the feel or a more grown up life with parents with young children.
Around the centre of the eye I drew a couple of scenes of children horse riding and swimming. I used photo reference, then distorted the photos around the shape of the iris. Like several other elements of earlier illustrations, my hope was that the reader wouldn’t immediately spot what was there - I wanted it to look like a regular iris at first glance - and only later would they spot the details, or maybe not spot them consciously at all, but take them in somehow anyway.
I’ve moved the photos away from the inking here, just to give a view of what I started with, and what my traced inks looked like afterwards.
Click the 'Follow up post' link below to see the finished illustration.
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