Getting Started in Children's Book Illustration: Do I Need to Work Digitally?
In Getting Started in Children’s Book Illustration, I’m answering your questions about getting started in this field. Submit your questions via email or check here to read answers to previous questions.
In this installment of Getting Started in Children’s Book Illustration, we’re tackling the question: Do I need to work digitally? What if I’m a traditional painter?
If it seems like absolutely everyone is working digitally these days, it’s because a massive quantity of illustrators is indeed working digitally. Especially since Procreate launched, making digital art accessible with an iPad and $10, more and more artists are trying their hand at digital illustration.
But you should do what works for you. If digital art isn’t your jam, then stick with your paints and make amazing art your way.
No, you don’t need to work digitally, but you should be able to edit your work digitally. Being able to scan your paintings and adjust the colors, at the very minimum, in Photoshop or Procreate will give you more control over the printed output than just sending your paintings off to the publisher to be scanned.
If you need to revise your work, being able to edit digitally will also be a massive help. Instead of repainting an entire piece, you can repaint a small section and add it to the original painting digitally.
I’m no expert on painting, because I work entirely digitally, but you’ll find a wealth of resources in places like Skillshare or YouTube. Dylan Mierzwinski recently launched a class on editing paintings in Photoshop and that’s a good place to get started.