Childrens Book Illustration

Children’s Book Illustration by Bob Ostrom Studio

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Part of the fun with this job is coming up with new styles like this one I put together recently. It’s done entirely in Photoshop using a Cintiq tablet. Working on the Cintiq makes for an easier time creating natural styles because there is less tracing and more drawing.

I had the opportunity to run it by one of my publishers this week and they loved it. So that means I get to use it for the series of books I’m working on right now…. WHOOT!

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bob-ostrom-studio-headshotBob Ostrom is an award winning children’s illustrator who’s work has appeared in close to 300 children’s book and publications. If you’d like to work with Bob on your next project it’s as easy as following this link.

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Interview With Renowned Children’s Artist Will Terry

Featured Artist Will Terry

photo will terryThis is a re-post of an interview I did with children’s book illustrator Will Terry about a year or so ago. As some of you may recall my site was hacked a while back and I had to rebuild it basically from scratch. I lost a lot of great articles and interviews like this one I did with Will. Rather than let them go to waste, I plan to begin re-posting them starting with one my all time favorites… Interview with renowned children’s artist Will Terry.

If you’re not familiar with Will Terry or a reader of his blog I highly recommend that you start ASAP. Will is a highly motivated, insightful guy with a ton of useful information for professional artists, especially those in the field of children’s art.

Will is also a bit of a pioneer in the children’s world of publishing with several very successful eBooks. In this interview we talk a little bit about eBooks and the future of children’s publishing. We discuss where things are headed and the difference between traditional publishing and the opportunities available to today’s artist. I hope you enjoy this interview and for those of you’ve who heard it before I hope you’ll find it as inspiring the second time around as you did the first. Finally I’d like to thank Will for all the inspirational information he’s shared over the years and for taking a few minutes to sit down with me for this amazing interview.

To listen to the interview please use the link below:

WillTerryInterview-BobOstromStudio 1

 

For more on Will Terry and his work please visit his site at:

http://willterry.com

http://www.willterry.blogspot.com/

Cartoon Shark Illustration Start to Finish – Adobe Illustrator CC

A quick (pun intended) look at at how I build an illustration using Adobe Illustrator CC. I just updated to Adobe’s cloud last week and had a little fun putting this video together in Photoshop CC, yup, that’s right you read it correctly. This video was done in Illustrator but then put together using Photoshop for video editting.. There are some great new features in all these new programs and I can’t wait to do a little more exploring.

I hope you enjoy this video. Even though it’s sped up quite a bit this is my actual working process. You’ll notice there is quite a bit of trial and error as I work my way from start to finish. I left everything in because I wanted you to see that building art is many times an experimental process and doesn’t always have a smooth transition from start to finish… Plus I added in a little snappy background music for your viewing and audio pleasure. Enjoy!

If you are having trouble viewing this movie on your mobile device please try this link –

http://youtu.be/97BM40yTNpo

 

eBook Illustration – Where are the Dinos?

eBook Illustration

Cartoon, dinosaur, artist, ostromHi readers this week and next I will be featuring art from my latest book Where are the Dinos ?, written by author Julia Dweck and published by Kite Reader. You can find it in the hot new release section over on the Amazons. So far it looks like we’re doing pretty well. Lots of very positive reviews. WHOOT!!!

Illustrating a children’s ebook is no small task. It takes lots of planning, an endless amount of sketches, roughs, layouts, revisions and many late nights at the drawing board. The amount of work that goes into producing just one book is staggering. It is truly a labor of love. Surrounding yourself with good people always makes things a little better. I’d like to give special thanks to my good friends artist Richard Carbajal, author Julia Dweck and all the kind folks at Kite Reader for making this look easy (trust me when I tell you it’s much harder than it looks). Here is just a small part of what we do…

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Start with a rough sketch. How rough is rough? Just enough to get the idea down on paper.
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Once I have the idea down on paper it’s time to tighten up the sketch.
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Every piece is reviewed several times before it goes to publishing.
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The final art with type in position.