Thursday, August 30, 2007
The proof before the proof
Last week, my publisher emailed a pdf file of Enkelin. It was completely laid out with scans of my illustrations along with the text.
I don't know about other artists, but I have a hard time looking at my own finished artwork. And I rarely look at my own books. When I do, I cringe. I see all my mistakes, things that others might not see (or maybe they do but just don't say anything).
When I looked at the proof of Enkelin, I thought ug! Why didn't I do this or that. How come my art can't look like his or hers? I compare too much, I know.
I called my publisher and asked if they could send me copies of the original scans, which they did. And within Photoshop, I reworked a few things. Small things, in fact the art director thought I'd made a mistake because she couldn't tell what I'd changed.
The image above is a small portion from a full spread illustration. This image bothered me the most, something about the child's face. And those braids! Too much Dippity-do. Hopefully, the change didn't affect the mood. She's supposed to be scared, unhappy. Not homely.
In the end, I reworked about 5 images using the cloning and airbrush tools.
Which one do you think works better? I still have until noon tomorrow (Friday) to change my mind.