Saturday, January 22, 2011

Illustration: ReadyEd

I've been doing a fair bit of work recently for ReadyEd, an Education Publisher here in Perth. They produce BlackLine Master books, which contain worksheets for teachers to photocopy. I've been doing some of the illustrations. 
Pictures for these types of books need to have nice solid black-and-white lines, and be easy for kids to colour in. It's a little strange, having spent years making myself not join up every line and instead be a little more sketchy, to switch back to clean linework. Most of the illustrations are good fun, however. 

Here's a small selection of some of last year's pictures. All of these were from Language Skills books that were being updated, for grades 1 to 3. My style is more suited to younger children, although more recently I've been working on some History books that go all the way up to grade 7. 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 (using just the standard brush tool in pts 9 and 19) and Wacom Intuos 3, over initial pencil sketches. 

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