So, this is the sketch and final art for a single page illustration I created for a book called "Black Belt" which I wrote, publ.d by Knopf. The book was edited by a great publishing creative (and now literary agent -she represents last year's Newberry Medal winner, Clare Vanterpool) Andrea Cascardi. Don't recall why we cut the three characters on the left of the sketch but I do like the layout of the final better. Back lighting characters in a night scene for a picture book can be tricky. The exposure of a night time image has to be fairly bright so the details can be picked out by the viewer's eye. I really enjoy rendering moonlit scenes. The cool light casts a warm shadow- almost violet. Again- tricky but fun.
Pencil, water color gouache, 1998.