Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! For Sunday, April 1st, I'm showing you how artwork is created, and how the process is very much the same as creating a story. Loretta Stephenson (Art By Retta) was kind enough to share with us five stages in developing a picture. This picture is taken from her illustration for "Stopover At The Backworlds' Edge" which is part of M. Pax's "The Backworlds" series. (see here)
I was thrilled by this step by step advancement to a final picture! Just like in writing, you have an idea and you outline it. See the pencil sketch below.
Then, a first draft.
To the editor? Or more re-writes.
Obviously, there are many stages in between these both in art and composition as we perfect our craft. And just like with my new stories, I'm aware that besides research for the picture, Loretta is continually looking for new ways to create better and better artwork.
Loretta is currently working on the bookcover for my August 1st release of "Medieval Muse". A novellette that will be offered as a free read.