GULP! There is, of course, a lot of responsibility that goes with reworking an already great cover. So I apologize to EB White and Garth Williams.
I decided to go for a much more emotionally driven version in an interior to create more drama. Here's the finished product:
Here's the process ....
First rough draft ....
This is the the finished pencil drawing, then scanned into photoshop ...
Here it is during colouring ... I work as I would on a water colour from light to dark with few layers. I prefer to use the multiply setting on airbrush mostly and dodge/burn tools.
After feedback from crit friends I worked on the eyes, changing them back to my initial idea that she is glancing back. Also I got rid of her marshmallow mouth (see finished piece at top of this post). I also enhanced the shadows on the right with an extra layer.
The text was created separately in pencil, traced from a printout of a setup of the text on computer.
On a separate layer I dropped it in position and used the overlay and screen settings on brush to add colour and highlight the webs.
Here is the wonderful, wonderful original! I can't hope to come close to this classic, but I very much enjoyed working on the piece and will be interested to hear the reaction at NESCBWI.
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