Apr 9, 2016

Black Beauty


I'm working on an italian edition of Black Beauty with Edizioni EL. I'm always happy when I have the opportunity to work on a classic I loved as a child. My dream project would be an illustrated edition of Watership Down (there's a pitch in the works in my spare time. I hope it will see the light one day.)
One of the reasons I enjoy working with Edizioni EL is that they leave me a lot of freedom. When I told them that I was tired of my usual digital work, they let me try something a little different - a graphite rendering and digital colour. It's a good way to step away from the computer and the final result is very appealing to me at this stage. Here's a little preview of the work and some sketches. As you can see, I'm still working on the layouts digitally. It's easier for me, as I know how much room I have on the page, but then I transfer them on Fabriano FA2 and use pencils. Follow me on IG to see more as I move along - https://www.instagram.com/gaiabordicchia/


Anonymous said...

Hi Gaia, your work is amazing!!! could i ask you which paper do you use and how do you obtain this nice texture? im beginner and really appreciate if you could help me

Gaia said...

Hi and thank you!
I'm using Fabriano FA2 here. It's a fairly thin paper, not cardstock. Has a bit of tooth, but not as much as rough paper. Though any paper will do with pencil. You won't have problems like bleeding. The smoother the paper, the more work you'll have to put in. If it's too rough, you won't be able to get in small details.
The rest is only a matter of patience. Work from harder pencils up to softer. I start with a base in HB and work up to 6B. Hope it helps! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your message Gaia :) i have to practice more :)