Here's an illustration starting from scratch. It's a pirate bear that appears early in the story. Yes, maybe he looks a little scary in drawing form, but he'll be made plenty kid-friendly when he gets his color treatment and gets his hair all done. In any case, I think it's always a good idea to mix in a little scary for good measure.
He does have two sets of eyes at the moment... the dark beady ones on top, and then the glaring ones just below those. Any preference? One of the sets will have to go.
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This is a time-lapse video of my illustration process for my picture book Brian Wonders.
The original illustration is rendered with acrylic paints on paper. The image gets scanned and then this process takes over. Generally my computer tweaks are minor, but this particular illustration had a lot of computer work done to it. Aside from the colors getting punched up, I decided a lot of cleaning up was necessary and I even changed the character's face from the original painting. More process of the illustration can be found here on The Making of a Picture Book blog: http://www.brianwonders.com