Alright, so I know this is a Swedish holiday, and I am not even a bit Swedish, but I couldn’t resist. And my husband is Scandinavian, so I’ll claim it on his behalf 😉
Little close up. I had way too much with the smoke. I blame Mucha for…pretty much the whole illustration.
Here’s the reference photo, thanks to the lovely Faestock, and the lineart. Would anyone be interested in the lineart as a colouring sheet? I don’t know if I have any colourers in my audience
I hope your advent season is cozy and bright!
Aiming for a more middle grade fantasy vibe with this little princess and her Luna Moth friend.
gorgeous reference photo thanks to Rafaax.
I’ve scrolled though the sadly scant blog posts from the past few months and realized that while I’ve been terrible at blogging, I never explained why. So, to those of you who may be following me on the blog but not on Instagram (which is where the action is these days) I feel like I should let you know that I’m having a baby in February! So, I haven’t been blogging, not just because I’m a slacker, but also because I’m a very tired and sick pregnant lady, and keeping up with my work is about all I’ve been managing these past months.
Seriously though, follow me on Instagram. I actually post there.
Every now and then I have to draw some Sailor Moon fanart. I just do. I’m a couple decades past trying to draw anime, but it’s still a huge part of my artistic background and I fondly remember watching Sailor Moon after school when I was a young impressionable teenager 😉
Here’s a couple progress shots for you.
What was one of your favourite shows growing up? Do you think it influences the things you create today?
I’m pleased to get to show you the cover for Valerie Comer’s second Urban Farm Fresh Romance, Butterflies on Breezes. I’m really enjoying illustrating the covers for this series.
I’ll write a detailed post with the whole process once I’m done the cover wrap, but in the meantime here’s a peek at the sketching stage.
I illustrated this summery little bit of fashion a couple weeks ago but I forgot to show you guys! If you want to see everything I’m working on right away, follow me on instagram @hannasandvig, I am much better at updating it often and posting sketches.
Here’s a little process animation. The illustration is based off of an adorable photo by @aclotheshorse.
We went camping last week in Osoyoos, Canada’s “pocket desert”.
It was so beautiful and there were california quail running all over the campground, I couldn’t resist drawing some when I got home!
They’re one of my favourite birds, so adorable. What birds do you love?
Secrets of Sunbeams is the first book in the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer. Because this series is a spin-off of the Farm Fresh Romances, we wanted to keep the tone similar while still making the new series stand out.
We decided to stay with the illustrated covers, but to aim a bit more girly, and of course a bit more urban.
Secrets of Sunbeams features a pet goat named Pansy. I was pretty excited to illustrate a pygmy goat! Happily my pastor’s wife has a little flock of goats (herd?) and my friends Rachel and Jake were great sports for the photo shoot.
This is one of those times where finding a stock photo just isn’t going to cut it!
Next came the sketch, where my friends were transformed into the books characters, then lineart.
With the illustration well underway, it was time to make some decisions on fonts, colours, and layout. I went with three different premium fonts for this project (Molly, Ariadne Sans, and Maraschino, if you’re curious) and I love how they play together.
We went back and forth a bit on using natural colours, or something more playful for this series. In the end we decided that choosing a strong colour scheme for each book would feel a bit younger and fresher. Have a cover that is mainly one, bright colour is also great for helping the thumbnail to pop in listings.
With all the decisions made, I went ahead and finished the illustration. The background is a bridge and skyline from Spokane, Washington, where the series takes place. All the covers in the series will share the same background (in different colours).
And here’s the cover wrap! We went with a wrap around cover this time rather than the solid spines that the previous series had. Partially to be a bit different, but also because it can be a pain to do solid colours as CreateSpace isn’t very exact with their cutting and binding, and often the spine is off centred by a few millimetres.
I love how this cover turned out, and I had a lot of fun with it, even though it’s a lot more work to set up a new series. The next cover in the series (which I’m already working on) will go much quicker with all these design decisions out of the way!
What do you think?
I’m so excited to show you the first book cover in a brand new series, Secrets of Sunbeams by Valerie Comer. Check back on Wednesday for the full story of how I made this adorable cover
So I’ve wrapped up my month of drawing mermaids for Mermay and I’m starting a month of writing about mermaids for JuNoWriMo! Um, yes, it’s all mermaids all the time around here (#sorrynotsorry).
So, what’s JuNoWriMo?
You may have heard of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where writers write 50, 000 words in the month of November (the length of a short novel). If you haven’t heard of it, google it, it’s a pretty big deal. JuNoWriMo is a similar event but, well it’s in June. Also it’s a bit more flexible with what you want to write (not just novels) and many people set their own word goals.
My Goals for June
If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’ve been working on Mermaid Problems, a YA modern fantasy novel about a sarcastic mermaid who is also a lifeguard. I had been struggling and switched over to the companion novella that I had planned to write after the novel. I’m now finished the second draft of the novella and am excited to finish up the full novel. I think that writing something shorter was a great idea because it gave me an easier win (I had never finished writing a book before) and also helped me work out some of my issues with the novel.
So for June, my plan is to write 30,000 words and finish up Mermaid Problems so that I can edit it over the summer, and hopefully release it on Wattpad this fall. I’m planning to wait until I have the series finished before I start selling them on Amazon.
If you’re looking for an extra push to get writing this month, check out JuNoWriMo on Facebook and Twitter. There’s a community of writers to encourage you, word sprints to keep you motivated, and some fun tools to keep you on track. That’s where I’ll be hanging out for the next month 😉