Hello guys and ladies,
I'm currently working on an illustration for a children's book and I would appreciate every comment on this one.
First I'd like to show some steps of what I already did, then I try to explain all that is to know, regarding the book and my methods of creating the illustration:
About the book:
It is written for 9-12 year old kids, it takes place in the time before the last ice-age, and tells the story of "Mooti", who is about to become accepted in his tribe as a hunter, but before that he has to accomplish the rite of initiation, which means he has to hunt a mammoth together with the rest of the tribe, but he has to lead the hunt.
Later there are some strange "accidents" happening and Mooti has to find out who is responsible.
The book is intended to be a detective story.
About the scene I chose to depict.
Its the scene were he and the other "kids" get the carved stone, where each kid picks a different animal - the girl is kind of his friend/future wife or something, the guy is the arrogant son of the chief hunter, maybe also the one who later tries to sabotage Mootis hunt.
I was told to create a "dark" and "crimi-like" atmosphere, because they already had an illustration for the book, but it was to bright and .. uhm, "soft".
As you can see I made some outlines in the beginning, coloured it with Copic-pencils, scanned it and coloured it with PS - which is also the main question for me here in this tread - is this method viable?
Should I rather intend to finish the whole thing on paper, and only use PS for the "final touch"?
I am also kind of a newbie when it comes to the usage of brushes in PS - shall I get the "Painter" program?
Thanks in advance to everyone who can help me with my questions !!!