Thumbnail Sketches 2 (WIP)

More sketches made for composition. Pages 6 and 7. Kids singing and dancing, and the second is a game like soccer.

Pages 8 and 9, his family in the village, which there are many, and many decisions have to made on how they should look. There is no reference for this, it will be his description and looking at relatives.

Thumbnail Sketches (WIP)

The author for this picture book in the works, David Jal leaves for Sudan to visit his village today. He will dig a well for his village. God’s speed! We pray he has a safe journey. There is still unrest in South Sudan.


I’m working on the picture book about one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. These are very rough sketches made to figure out composition, page 2 and 3. We have no photos of him as a child, but he has nephews I can reference to make a guess. I arrange huts in a way that is balanced and interesting.

The pages 4 and 5. On the left a boy herding cattle, a river and the village is behind. The right is school under the trees, since there is no building. There is going to be many people in this book. People in the distance will be sketchy.

Last Night’s Life Drawing (WIP)

Last night we used a more dramatic light on our model, and I tried using a pastel card, that is kind of like sand paper. I want to use this type of surface for illustration except this one is a little rougher than I want, but I do like it better than paper. It holds more color, for more opaque contrasting color.

A New Project Begins…

I have a new project to illustrate a picture book about one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” One of the great things about it is the profits all go to building a school in the Sudan village where the author is from.

These are small test illustrations, made for us to make some early design decisions. In this case, will the background be dark or light? It affects the layout and the text. The medium is pastel. The first is on Strathmore Brown Paper, the second Cream Paper.

The cream fails miserably, the first picture is richer and has more punch. This means there has to be light areas of the illustrations where the text can reside or a panel of white separated by a border.

Next I will make extremely rough sketches in order to fit them on the pages, ask questions about the people and places, and gather references where possible.

The gathering of information may cause a gap in posts for a bit, but I will be back as soon as possible, and share the process.