Here’s Quentin Blake demonstrating, step by step, how he makes the illustrations for his books.
It’s from this great page on his website, How I Draw, in which he describes the process a little more:
In the attempt to combine planning with an air of spontaneity I’ve employed various techniques of which the one I have found most successful, and have used for the last thirty years, makes use of a light box.
What happens next is not tracing; in fact it’s important that I can’t see the rough drawing underneath too clearly, because when I draw I try to draw as if for the first time.
Here’s a little local Vancouver flavour: “Legendary Noodle” by Dave Fletcher. I love that Dave’s been drawing so much stuff in my own neighbourhood (Legendary Noodle is pretty damn delicious btw!). Check out his Flickr feed for tons of great drawings of our loverly city.
I’ve seen Wendy MacNaughton’s work several times before (how have we not blogged you here??) but it wasn’t till I saw it again (this time in the Bold Italic article she illustrated: Living in SF Means…) that I finally visited her website. I just spent about an hour there, ogling hundreds of her beautiful illustrations. Yes: HUNDREDS. I am just now picking my jaw up off the floor. Prolific, effortless, alive, smart, warm, endearing… what we all strive for as illustrators, Wendy achieves in spades.