Pencil sketches and watercolour artworks for the Kitchen Table Memoirs book illustrations
A few weeks ago I blogged about a new book called Kitchen Table Memoirs, where I had the fantastic opportunity to illustrate the front and back cover for the book. I thought I'd include some of the illustrations I produced for the book, and how I approached the project.
After being briefed by the publishing company and given a list of suggested objects for the cover, I initially produced some preliminary pencil sketches to show my interpretation of the objects and the vintage-esque feel.
Once the initial sketches were approved, I moved onto painting them using Watercolours and Arches Watercolour paper in a Medium finish, 300 gsm weight. This is my preferred paper to paint onto - I like having a slight 'tooth' to the paper, and the Medium finish is perfect for being not too smooth nor not too rough. I stretched the sheets of paper onto board so they wouldn't buckle, and sketched out the objects lightly in pencil before painting them.
The finished painted artworks were scanned into Photoshop at a high resolution, where I could tweak the odd colour and clean up the images. Each individual painted object was then placed into Illustrator, allowing me to create and assemble different layout options for the front and back cover.
This was a great commissioned project to work on, and it was very exciting to see the finished illustrations on the front cover of a book :)