Ghostliness is a challenging thing to portray, as was making vignettes for my “Winter Ghost” picturebook. You can see the progression, the top ones being the final illustrations, created with soft pastels on tracing paper. I’m going to take a break from this project now as I have some new stories to work on.
The scene with the fridge is from my story, the rest were some quick studies from online material. While doing research for my “Winter Ghost” picturebook, I discovered some peculiar dog breeds. Irish Wolfhound, the tallest breed, seemed scary enough for my wandering ghost character. Later I found out about Borzoi, a beautiful Russian wolfhound, although I haven’t seen one in real life before.
Soft pastels on various types of paper. I used a water brush too for the first sketches on pastel paper. Still need to practise drawing faces, especially kids.
"Winter Ghost" dummy book rough cover and some spreads.
First spread from the “Winter Ghost”. I had a hard time choosing the right media and technique for my illustrations, combining both painting and drawing. I used soft pastels in all of these images, the second one also had a separate layer of charcoal. I liked the expressiveness of the pastel paper, but chose to work on tracing paper instead for the clarity of character details.
Variations of the key scene from my “Winter Ghost” story. The top image was done on toned pastel paper, the second - on tracing paper and the last one - on tracing paper with a dark blue background behind it.
Sunset pastel studies through my window
The ghost dog character changed the most during the development of my recent story. He turned out to be a scary winter ghost rather than an imaginary friend.
"Winter Ghost" character sketches, pastel and colour pencils on tracing paper
"Winter Ghost" character sketches, graphite on tracing paper