Friday, April 30, 2010

There Had Been Too Much Death On This Hill

Hey guys! It's that time again...Picture Book Report Time! I've got another Sabriel piece to share! Check out my post at PictureBookReport.com to get a little more background on the story behind the illustration. I'm glad many of you enjoyed the previous Sabriel process post and I wanted to show the process for this one too.

I started out with the Cloven Crest sketches I had made previously and did some color comps for them...
...which made me realize it just wasn't that interesting to look at! I wasn't really excited about drawing it.

I decided to revamp and do something more focused on Sabriel and her encounter with Thralk. (I was a little sad I couldn't fit the broken charter stone in there though!) N.C. Wyeth's work has been blowing my mind and I've been looking at all his strong compositions--you can probably see the silhouetting influence in this!
I started with a bunch of quick crappy b&w photoshop sketches, trying different silhouettes and cropping. Once I found one I liked, I developed it more and tried a color option.


I wanted something spooky and cold and snowy, and finally settled on these colors:

I looked at a lot of reference for knickers, boots, and coats of the period. The coat she is wearing is one of her father's old hand-me-downs, and is only specified as "oilskin". Since Ancelstierre is vaguely 1920's, I figured her father's old coat could be a variation on the WW1 trenchcoats. I really love researching into illustrations, and I also spent a while sketching ideas for how her bell bandolier functions.(I think the bell handles would have to hang down, so they don't ring while she's walking)

I cleaned everything up and added textures and some digital painting to my usual flats. I wasn't expecting to put the red in there, but I really ended up liking it!

Voila! And here's some closeups!


Thanks for checking 'em out!

12 comments:

EDD said...

Very nice! Love the colors.

Kathie Sever said...

it's beautiful.

Dustin d'Arnault said...

Phenomenal!

Shanti said...

Kali, this piece is absolutely inspiring! Thanks for sharing a bit about your process with this.

apualani said...

Will you have any prints available from your Sabriel project?

Meghan said...

Fantastic! I love these books and your illustrations are just perfect.

Kali Ciesemier said...

Thank you! I really appreciate everyone's comments. :) Apualani--send me an email!

Sydney said...

Wow! Before I even read any of your text or saw the bell in here hand, no joke, my imediate reaction was: Oh my gosh! It's Sabriel!

Noni said...

I'm such a huge fan of the Abhorsen books! This makes me really excited!

Alexis said...

i love that you love doing research for your illustrations because i'm a big nerd and like things like "research"

Hazel Lee Santino said...

I'm so excited to see Sabriel art--especially since it's beautiful!

Marly Youmans said...

I like the way you conceive of her face--the bold wings of the eyebrows, the romanticized-yet-richly-oily hair, the bold straight jaw and profile. Very fitting. Want water gates and falls!