Sketch, sketch, sketch…

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“Sketch­ing is key – the most im­por­tant process,” says Rohan Ea­son, who’s il­lus­trated chil­dren’s sto­ry­books and young-adult nov­els. “I pro­duce a story board with the sim­plest scrib­bles and from this I make a first round of sketches. The client will see th­ese and hope­fully agree with my choice of images. I then make more de­tailed sec­ond-round sketches, with fully de­vel­oped char­ac­ters and en­vi­ron­ments. If the client is happy, I may re-sketch in­di­vid­ual pieces many more times, un­til I’m happy with the com­po­si­tion and char­ac­ters. Sketch­ing is the best place to work ev­ery­thing out. I re­draw again and again, un­til it’s a smudgy mess, and from that I re­trace for the fi­nal piece.”

The gob­blings

Rohan Ea­son, who il­lus­trated th­ese along with var­i­ous chil­dren’s and young-adult cov­ers, says his very first sketches are “barely recog­nis­able to any­one else”.

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