Illustrator Brian Biggs documents the evolution of a School Library Journal cover in his latest blog post. Biggs, who did the cover art for the just released Fall 2011 edition of Series Made Simple, SLJ‘s supplement on series nonfiction, reveals the steps in his process, from initial sketch to finished art.
[Biggs's new picture book Everything Goes is reviewed by Fuse 8 this week]
Biggs’s initial sketches were pencil on paper. After approval of the image by SLJ art director Mark Tuchman, the artist scanned the final and colored it in Photoshop. About 95 percent of the art in the magazine is created digitally or is at least a hybrid of hand-rendering and digital, as in this case, says Tuchman.
Editors are also involved in the process. Series editor Chelsey Philpot approached Tuchman suggesting a theme of astronomy based on the recent bunch of titles in that subject area. They then, together with Editor-in-Chief Brian Kenney, hit on the idea of astronauts, reading books, of course.