Illustrating My First Picture Book: From Rough Sketch to Final Page

I thought I was the only illustrator who goes through a protracted process in order to achieve the illustration vision I have. Check out Sara’s illustration journey for just one spread in the book she illustrated.

sara rhys illustration

Have I mentioned that my debut picture book is published next month?? Oh, I have? Jolly good. But just in case you haven’t heard, my debut picture book publishes in February thanks to the lovely folk at Beach Lane Books and Simon & Schuster. It’s an anthology of sweet poems for young children by Cari Meister, and it’s called ‘Pony Poems for Little Pony Lovers’.

Just before Christmas, I was sent an advance copy – it was so special to finally hold the book I worked on for almost two years!

With only a couple of weeks to go until publication, I thought it would be fun to share with you the evolution of one page, to demonstrate how long it took to get from the first rough sketch to the final image.

The illustration I’m going to talk about is for the poem ‘A Riding We Will Go’. It…

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