This is another chapter illustration for “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light”. As I go through these illustrations I have fond memories of working with the author, Jaimie Engle. We were both pretty surprised that our ideas for the chapter illustrations were so much alike. We had a couple of meetings after I read the manuscript. I took notes on what images I thought might work for each chapter. As we went through my notes she kept saying over and over, “That is exactly what I envisioned!”
This project has truly been a joy for me. I was given the freedom to be creative, yet I was given clear parameters by the author as to what her vision was also.
After the meeting regarding our notes I spent a few weeks creating pencil sketches for each image. We met again to go over the pencil sketches and I think there were only two or three small revisions on the entire set of fifty-five drawings. Pretty unusual considering the scope of this project. Two important factors played a part: Jaimie’s clear vision and ability to communicate that to me; and her willingness to give me creative license.
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