When I staggered blindly into the project of writing and illustrating a children’s book with my brother, I did not have enough experience with the digital art platforms. No false modesty from me; I’m being serious. The idea of backgrounds done by me… by hand… gave me shivers.
So I didn’t make my own backgrounds. I used reference photos and my previous skill in photo editing to make something I could finish with an angled brush filter on top. I used a loose sketching technique to follow the lines of the underlying picture and give it unification.
And then there was the knight himself.
Without further ado, meet Harlow:
And the accompanying words…
Long ago in a kingdom by the sea
A king ruled with many a gallant knight.
With great long swords so keen and armor bright,
Strong, brave, and true each knight must be.
From far southern lands, fell news came flying,
A dragon fierce was spreading fear and dread.
With stormy face, the strong, old king said,
“My peace this foul worm is defying!”