Marc Remus

  Children's Book Author

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Techniques

Here you can discover how illustrations develop and how I work using mainly acrylics and watercolor.

Over the years I have worked in oil, acrylic,watercolor, gouache, papercollage, tempera, pencil, charcoal and digital. I have done woodcuttings, silkpainting, claywork and fiberglass projects. Each medium works differently and each fits to a certain project.

Most of the time I have worked in acrylics because this medium dries fast and allows you to make changes easily. The impact of digital editing, however, has made it easier to work in watercolors. Making corrections on a watercolor paintings is almost impossible but with digital editing this is possible today.

The process of an illustration starts with a specific scene or subject matter. Let's say I am illustrating a garden scene with a child playing with a cat. The first thing to do is to find a specific scene. What game is the child playing? In what position is the child and what is the cat doing? Once I have decided in what position the kid and the cat is, I have to choose a perspective. Do I want to illustrate the child with the cat from a frontal perspective? Or do I choose a bird-eye perspective looking down on them from a tree? There are many options. When the perspective is clear I have to select an environment. Is this an English, French or Japanese garden? Is it winter, spring or fall? What plants are typical for this type of garden?

 


When all these things are clear I start sketching in pencil. I am trying out different angles anddifferent layouts until I get to the final sketch. When this is done I start the drawing. I choose a paper that is always 1/3 to 1/2 size bigger than the printed illustration because by reducing the painting in size the image always tightens up.

Once the drawing is finished, the client can take a look at it and make suggestions for changes. These changes are then incooperated into the drawing. After a second check and an okay by the client I start illustrating the image.

I choose an illustration base to paint on. Depending on the medium it can either be illustration board (for acrylic paintings), a watercolor paper that will be stretched (for watercolors), or a piece of canvas/wood (for oil painting). Then I transfer the drawing onto the board.

When the drawing is transfered, the painting begins...

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