In this special blog tour post we get the opportunity to find out more about illustrator, Richard Jones
Here, he shares his creative processes and gives us behind the scenes access to his latest picture book ‘Feelings‘.
I begin a project with a few rough drawings in my sketchbook. Sketchbooks are very important to me and I often have one within arms reach. I get through four or five books a year and fill them with all sorts, not just drawings – story ideas, overheard conversations, covert sketches of people’s dogs and train journey doodles.
The looseness of line from a thick pencil lead and its inherent lack of precision just seems to help the ideas flow onto the page more easily than with a finer tip and it’s also impossible to get distracted by the smaller details.
The colour and the textures come next when I scan the drawing into Photoshop and experiment with different palettes, tonal ranges and compositions.
I have an ever growing pile of painted textures now, so it’s rare I can’t find one that fits the bill!
With all of the files open on the screen in front of me, with Radio Four whispering away in the background and my old dog snoring in her bed, I have found that this is when I am most content at my work.
Many thanks to Little Tiger Press and particularly Beth Ferguson for co-ordinating this blog post and to Richard for giving such an insightful overview into his own illustrative processes.