Our process work
Our art is inspired by all art especially painting. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history. Our work is not serial, every assignment is different and we can choose very several ways.
After we have gathered all the required info from you we get to work on the idea development.
After reading carefully the story, we pick the areas we want to illustrate. We choose interesting points, we also balance the illustrations throughout the whole book. We take lots of detailed notes about the characters and the scene of each illustration. We conduct preliminary art historical research to understand how best to create the characters and setting. We collect all of the references for each illustration, these can be artists/art, sketches, photos of people... then we begin the rough drawings. We develop the idea through very differents color layout and compositions until we achieve the desired affect. We work and rework the illustration until we have a detailed visual of the scene. Make the art the best it can be in the time that we have for the assignment. We use graphite pencil on tracing paper then we digitize our sketch and work it with photoshop.
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Once we have decided the style, a preliminary study identifies the best concepts and ideas by illustrate. We do some additional research concerning the subject if necessary. Very rarely clients give us a layout with their idea but this is possible. No problem for us.
After this stage, we send to you the final drawing. If you are happy with the direction of the initial sketch we then proceed to the next stage. We can proceed with any minor changes if necessary. You also can request a color layout during the estimated costs phase. Once we receive your written approval we proceed with the finished art.
The next stage of the process is to start coloring the final art.
We use mixed media, our visible brush strokes are handmade, no digital. First we paint each picture element separately (background, characters, objects) with black gouache and pencil on paper. Then we digitize them and use photoshop to color the image. The coloring process is very complex and has been developed after many years of work experience. We always test the CMYK color with digital proofs.
Our final art is in digital format. We send to you the low resolution file of the final artwork via email for the purpose of content checking only. After your final approval, we send to you the hight resolution image in digital format like tiff, eps, jpg. Digital images can be rapidly transfered via e-mail, ftp...
Limited edition print
For exhibitions and artwork for sale in art galleries we realize the digital fine art prints. All our prints are printed onto velvet 100% cotton fine art paper, acid free, in different sizes using Epson pigmented inks whose longevity is rated better than traditional prints. A "multiple" is being offered as a limited edition. Each print is individually signed and numbered by us in permanent ink.
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