SketchLook November 2016

SketchLook is an ongoing feature of the SCBWI Blog. It is a glimpse into the working process of artists, how we experiment, think through our ideas, stretch our imagination and observe the world. This is a glimpse at current work in progress, free doodles, rough drawings, and sketches from life. CLICK HERE to participate in SketchLook.


Take a peek at the working drawings and sketchbooks of some of our members:

Marjory Gardner — Every year I illustrate my own Christmas card for family, friends and to send to clients. It's always a good reminder of my style, and a thank you for commissions received. The rough design is sketched in pencil on tracing paper, refined till I'm happy, then transferred onto Schoellershammer paper using a lightbox. Colour is applied in two stages: copic markers, then Prismacolor pencils. It's painstaking, but results in a richness of colour and texture I like. Finally, I apply an outline with a 000 brush and black ink. I use the same technique for picture book illustrations. Merry Christmas!

Gwynneth Jones — This work in progress is a commission for a birthday gift, using prismacolour pencils on Stonehenge paper. These animals have all been real pets of the girl in the picture, except the panda :)

A call-out for the next selection will be sent out in good time but members of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand are invited to submit images at any time. Work should be scans or snapshots of sketchbook pages featuring sketches, drawings from life or working drawings. Up to five images, Jpeg format, 72 dpi, 750px width maximum. Kindly avoid overlaying text on images and other digital manipulation. CLICK HERE to submit images for SketchLook.