I recently finished these two sketchbooks, the first one was offered to me by Paperblanks. You can see here the article I made for them at the time, I had another sketchbook by the same brand. It is such lovely sketchbook, I just love drawing in it. But starting the begining of the year I also had the wish to learn watercolor more seriously and needed a sketchbook with real watercolor paper.
Unable to find a fitting sketchbook I decided to make my own ! I even made a video about it ( here ).
Let’s see what is inside these sketchbooks
My Paperblanks sketchbook is more about doing researches and having fun with drawing that are not supposed to be pretty but more functionnal.
And most of all, this sketchbook hold memories of what happenened during that time. For exemple this one was with me for 8 month, so I had time to reccord a few memories in it. Memories of projects, like blue beard, and also memories of days passed like these drawings done on a sunny day by the bicycle road.
The watercolor sketchbook was more about experimentations, trying to get the hang of some watercolor techniques and make my style evolve.
Did you know ? I work a lot with Reedsy to create book covers and children books for self published authors.
Reedsy team came to me a while ago to re-create the cover of the first Harry Potter book to show how I made my covers from scratch.
This is how it ended up on the video they made :
I had a lot of fun creating this cover and it is always a pleasure to work with the team at Reedsy.
I was also extra glad to be able to work on such a book ! I’ve read the Harry Potter series when I was a kid and followed its publication really closely, I read the last one as soon it was out and in 24h ( sleep was not an option ! )
Check out the steps here :
After the concept step, I clean the illustration, not perfectly because I will colorize this illustration digitally and I will refine my sketch as I go but enough to see everything that will be in my illustration.
I then proceed to research my colors and see what will fit best the mood of the illustration
I went for number 3 as it a bit calm but also has a scary look with all that darkness around
Wich one did you like best ?
And then I proceed to do the full painting, I would advise you to give a look to the video above to see this process in more details :
And the final look, on a mock up to see how the book will look in the end, printed on a 6*9″ book.
Welcome to this new and improved website. I’ve recently felt the need for changes.
If you’re new to this website, let me introduce myself:
I’m Isabelle Arné, I love illustration and it’s been my passion since youth and my work since 2013.
I live in the South of France and work from home on personal and client projects. I invite you to go through the gallery to see more of these. I’ve worked on various projects including child books, books cover design, comics anthologies and even some animated cartoons.
I’ve had a blog for a long long time but I’ve stopped it two years ago because of the lack of time I had and I have to say the growing time the social medias took me.
But I feel like blogging is very important to me and I want to go back to it, share with you some parts of my work, my experiences and my growth. It’s also something I’ve started shyly with Youtube but showing my face and talking is still hard to me so this blog will serve as a complement to these videos as well.
Feel free to go around the website and have a look at my artwork, you can also go read Radiant or have a look at my shop.
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