I Love You Too, I Love You Three Slinging Paint
Adding color. A journey from. . .
This. . .
. . .to this!
The story-boarding is done, necessary text changes have been made and all has been approved! Now comes the color. Mr. publisher says he doesn’t want I Love You too, I Love You Three confused with any previous books.
Got the blues? To diffuse the the sentimentality of the Love You Forever story, I made use of a cool blue palette. I took his wish seriously and decided to separate the two with a different color palette.
When I illustrated Love You Forever I was mindful that the sentiment of the story could be overwhelming if I used candy colors with a lot of pink; therefore, I used a cool palette of mainly blues.For I Love You too, I Love You Three I decided to go with pinks, purples, and oranges applied with a lighter touch than Love You Forever.
My next debate was which medium to use:
Watercolor and Prismacolor pencil, thinned oils as washes, pastel, or marker with pencil or pen and ink?
With the deadline looming, I opted for a combination of pastel, marker and Prismacolor pencil. Laying down washes of color and adding detail with pencil achieved the soft and sweet, gentle effect I was aiming for.
Click below to read more about the creation of a children’s book from conception to bookstore shelf!
- Part 1: The Manuscript
- Part 2: The Storyboarding
- Part 3: The Style
- Part 4: Slinging Paint
- Part 5: Slinging Paint Pt. 2
- Part 6: The Cover Story
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Hi! I'm Sheila McGraw. Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I began my career toiling in the “sequin-mines” of advertising and fashion houses as an illustrator and copywriter. Then, in 1986, Firefly Books approached me to illustrate a little book titled, Love You Forever.
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