Boggarts and Beasties

Here is a small selection of chapter heading illustrations from Spook’s
Blood, the ninth (I think) in the Wardstone Chronicles.
There’s also a small ‘behind the scenes’ piece which shows how the pictures
are developed. First I draw the scene in pencil, scan it in, maybe move a
few things about, then slap a piece of paper over the monitor and trace out
a line drawing. With Photoshop’s paint bucket tool, I quickly dump in the
blacks and make any necessary refinements digitally. In the case of these
miffed witches, I made a complete mess of the one in the background and had
to redraw her, then patch her in to the final image. Finally, I run the
whole thing through a dust and scratches filter, which smoothes everything
out and produces a more natural feel.



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