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Illustrating The Little Flower: A Parable of Therese of Lisieux

 

 

Follow along as children’s book illustrator Tracey Arvidson works on illustrating the forthcoming Peanut Butter & Grace children’s book, The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Therese of Lisieux. This is the first in a series of “inside looks.”

by Tracey Arvidson

It’s a rainy morning on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  I’ve listened to my daily dose of Charles Stanley, hit my knees (in prayer) and had a yummy breakfast.  It’s spring break… The kids are buzzing around me,  and life is good!  Itty Bitty Kitty is keeping me company while I set up my work area to begin an illustration.

I have already laid out my composition to fit perfectly the dimensions of the book layout using Photoshop.  This illustration will cover two full pages… Measuring 8.5 x 16.5 inches.
I print out my composition, then use the graphite paper to transfer the image onto acrylic paper.
This is a close-up of the line drawing being transferred… I trace over my composition- pressing firmly.
I will know the transfer is complete when I have traced over all of my lines… They will be darker than the others.
The composition is transferred.
The canvas paper is ready to begin accepting acrylic glazes.

 

Tracey Arvidson is a professional illustrator who lives in Virginia. This article first appeared on her blog; find more examples of her work at her Facebook page and Etsy shop.

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