In support of National Picture Book Month, I’m going to re-look at early and final drafts of images for picture books I’ve worked on. Creating illustrations for children is one of the most challenging and fun new skills I’ve learned (always learning). I have no art training but Photoshop enables me to play with images and colors and composition.
Honestly, I can’t draw. But I can create digital collages on my computer monitor using Photoshop CS5. It took me a long time to cover the basic tools while realizing there are hundreds of ways to accomplish similar effects.
Once I became more facile with composing images, the possibilities grew endless. I tested them on my young grandchildren, avid picture book readers. I pay close attention to their honest critiques!
In this image, the idea was to capture the Sun riding roller coasters at night. The original had a small airplane flying through the coaster tracks, but that was distracting… too many moving parts! So this is actually the final image, at least half of it.
Yes, the Sun does ride roller coasters. And takes bubble baths! I listen to my grandchildren!