Monday, May 13, 2013

Queen Quail is Quiet: and other ABC Tongue Twisters

Today's guest blogger is Erika Barriga. Her new book debuts this week, and I hope you'll enjoy her process post about the making of her book, Queen Quail is Quiet: and other ABC Tongue Twisters

Queen Quail is Quiet: and other ABC Tongue Twisters comes out for e-readers (Kindle, Kindle Fire, and iPad) and in print on Wednesday, May 15. 

Queen Quail is Quiet grew out of my love of learning and drawing.  I wanted to be a little different to approaching learning the alphabet. Creating a sentence illustrating each sound for every letter sounded challenging.  I started out by thinking of words for the letters and then forming a sentence I could illustrate.  Sketching of thumbnail ideas came next and was much easier to do once I realized this would no longer be just a project, but a book.  Most of the sketching was just on plain computer paper and once I refined the sketches into final artwork, I scanned in the images onto my computer.

The sketches were brought over to Adobe Illustrator as a layer.  Then I outlined everything in a bright color (easy to see and stands out) on another layer.  At this stage I think of colors and what would work for the entire book.

Then I made a copy of the outline layer and this is the layer that becomes the color layer.

Usually there is tweaking with the image just a bit (the swim cap for the duck is different from sketch to final), but I try to stay true to the original sketch since that is the foundation.  I believe it is better to sketch and erase than to work out those changes digitally on the computer. When the color is complete, I'll bring the image into Photoshop for additional little changes and finally end with applying a texture.

This book took over four years to complete from start to finish and I can't wait for my baby girl to flip through the pages.  I hope other kids will enjoy it too!


roz said...

Thanks so much for sharing your process, Erika, it looks like it will be an adorable book. Congratulations!

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

I love that duck Erika! Congrats on your book!! :o)

erika said...

Thanks Roz and Ali! I love the movie, Atonement, so the duck's cap was a nod to that film. Fun fact alert ;)