I love looking at a finished painting and trying to figure out how the artist painted the different layers, what type of brush stroke they used, etc.

On The Blue Rose Girls you can see the evolution of Anna Alter’s current work. Fascinating!

It’s amazing how labor intensive the process of illustrating a children’s picture book can be. In the days of Adobe photoshop, I assumed that if an art director says they would like the sun to be a bit yellower, it could just be lightened on the scanned image. Or, perhaps that the artist could just dry brush some yellow on top of the finished work.

However, our wonderfully talented Upstate NY SCBWI RA told us that each image has to be repainted. From scratch. It’s a do-over.

Amazing.

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