Many early readers of A is for A is for Alliguitar commented that the illustrator did a great job. So I asked Herb Leonhard to share his process.
First I gather visual research materials to help me create the various elements, in this case the animals, instruments and places that will need to be represented. Then I can begin to develop the characters themselves through more detailed pencil sketches. This is where the personalities of the animals are born! I do the entire book as pencil drawings and present that to the other people involved for suggestions and feedback. Then I redo the drawings as acrylic paintings.
Once it gets to the painting part, it becomes more “play” than “work”. Next I scan each painting into the computer and add additional painting, effects and corrections digitally with Photoshop. Sometimes I also paint several of the elements in a scene separately and bring them together digitally, so my work is very much a marriage of traditional and digital techniques.
Click on the “Fun Stuff for Kids” page to print a coloring page of alliguitar and banjaguar that Herb has prepared. Many thanks to the illustrator!