Here’s the video I recorded while creating the illustration for “S” in our alliterative alphabet.

No illustration for this book without a new decision to make.

This was the first that required a really dark background. All the others have backgrounds that fade into the white background of the page. At first I thought about making the whole spread dark. But that would be a disservice to do to the book, since it would throw off the balance when turning the pages. Since each spread has new colors, a new theme, new characters and a new letter, I don’t want to add more to that. I want a red thread running through the whole book, despite all of those things. I want the letter to be in the same position every time. I want to keep most of the illustrations on the right page each time (small parts can flow over to the left page, but not too much). I want a character in front of each letter. And I want the background color to be white.

As you’ll see in the video, I tried my “fading out technique” which I’ve used for the other 3 spreads. That didn’t work at all. Then I tried another way of accomplishing the same effect. That didn’t work either. So I ended up with a feathered border that goes from white into dark blue and black. I’m not sure I’ll keep it that way in the printed version, but I also haven’t decided what I want to do with it, so I might wait until every spread is done before I make a final decision. There might be more dark backgrounds coming. And I might come up with something that’ll work really well. Then it’ll be easy to go back and fix the border for the previous one(s). I might discover that I like this the best after all. Only time will tell.

This is all part of the process when posting things as we go along. Usually, we create the whole book, fix stuff that needs to be fixed, and then publish. Here we publish as we finish a new spread. And the spreads are not done in order, which means I can’t make any bigger color plan for the book. But actually, that might have ended up more boring. I kinda like the surprise shift in colors as they have happened. I think it’ll work.

If you have any thoughts about it, let me know in the comments 🙂

About the Alliterative Alphabet:
When we’re all done, we will publish the full alphabet in a beautiful book, and there will be a coloring book companion as well. But you can read the full book here for free!

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