Every year since 1998 I've been asked to illustrate articles in a teacher magazine from NAEYC (National Association of Educators for Young Children). Here's how I created an illustration for their December/January 2011 issue.
First, I read the magazine articles I am going to illustrate to understand the theme and get ideas. Then I sketch some doodles.
I drew the children in a circle for the reason that the articles discussed inclusion in the classroom. Circles have no beginnings or ends, simply a visual way to relay that everyone belongs.
Before I paint, I refine the sketches and an art director must approve of them. I might also have to go back and re-do or tweak my sketches.
When my sketches are approved I create color samples where I can experiment.
Experiments over! Now on to finished art.
Illustration printed in magazine!
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All Illustrations copyright 2011 Melanie Hope Greenberg