People are often in confusion about how I create my artwork. Some people think it’s 100% hand made and some people actually think it’s pure digital, whereas it’s actually somewhere in the middle. I create all the characters, objects and backgrounds by hand, then layer them all together on photoshop (this is good process post). Art editors really like this because they can ask for lots of changes and it’s easy for me to move people around, change colours, resize things, etc, so it was a bit of shock to be asked by Harper Collins to illustrate an entire book without the use of photoshop. I was worried about making mistakes; I’ve become so used to being able to fix things with a couple of clicks on photoshop that I think it’s made me lazy about my actual artwork. I think it’s also eroded my confidence in my artwork.
Harper Collins are very particular about the quality of the images they print, which means my home scanner just wasn’t cutting it. At first it was daunting’ but now it’s incredibly liberating to know all I have to do is create the artwork and then Harper Collins will do the rest. Instead of photoshop files taking days to upload I can just hand them a stack of original artwork. The best bit is that I’ve really enjoyed it, and it’s made me more confident to know I can create beautiful images that don’t need to be ‘fixed’ or ‘cleaned up’. It’s taught me to appreciate that when mistakes happen it’s not the end of the world, they’re just part of the process.