Tom: We worked together to fine-tune the appearances of Ib, Delby, and Bentley. You were making changes on the fly as we discussed the characters. Is this something you’ve done before? Is this how you typically work with clients?
Me: Not always. Many times an illustrator is hired and left alone to come up with something. They rely solely on the text to envision the characters and world, but this project was unique. You were receptive to my offer to sit and talk while I sketch things out. I love to know what the writers are thinking, to listen, and sketch to create images that resonate with them. This sort of close-knit collaboration is fun with the right person. I can see it leading to many revisions and an extended amount of time, but to be able to extract something from the writer’s mind and have it come to life for them is quite exciting for me whether there is a close collaboration or not.
I want to thank the author Tom M. Franklin for organizing this interview and I hope you enjoyed reading about my creative process. Look for Tom’s book coming out soon wherever books are sold.
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