I love reading Kathleen Jennings blog. Not only is she an incredibly talented artist and author, she is also very generous in sharing her process and ideas.
Inspired by her work, I decided to make the print edition of 7 Days in Hell (out Thursday) extra special and illustrate the chapter pages.
Because this book is about 7 days in hell, there are 7 chapters covering each day of horror. I decided to use a silhouette for each day, choosing an image that was symbolic for the events of the chapter.
There is a lot of humor in this book, so I wanted the images to be striking, but also slightly cartoonish, to reflect the tone of the story.
Once I’d finalized the images I wanted, I sketched a silhouette that was closer to the image I was looking for.
Once I’d worked up a silhouette I was reasonably happy with, I transferred it to a digital drawing program where it was easier to make changes and produce the clean image I wanted for my book.
I love illustrations in books, and I think these pictures will make the print copy extra special. It’s something I’m considering for all my physical books going forward.