Sunday, September 3, 2017

Shaper of Stories, Susan Eaddy and a PRIZE!

Susan Eaddy takes the world of 3D modeling into a whole different level: 2D picture book art. Clay has always been just okay to me. It's a medium that's fun to use, but I prefer having 2D images. Susan's work is a game changer. Her work isn't the first 2D clay work I've seen, but it's one of the most memorable. Her bright, lively, images are so much fun to view. Her work looks like a real magical world on the page.

Susan's Books are: "My Love for You is the Sun" written by Julia Hedlund, "Poppy's Best Paper" illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet and "Poppy's Best Babies" is scheduled to come out in 2018!

Look for a PRIZE at the end of this post!
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Thank you Dani for inviting me to your blog!

My illustrations are done in clay and like any other medium there are lots of things to figure out before I get to the final art stage.

One of the things I ALWAYS struggle with is palette. When you illustrate in a 3D medium like clay, switching color schemes is a major pain. THEN I discovered Procreate and the iPad Pro (with iPencil). Whoa! It might not take any less time to create a dummy with it, but it sure is a LOT more fun.

Process:


I go through all of the same steps everyone else does when creating a dummy.

I paginate my manuscript.



I work out my characters.




I do 4 to 6 layouts for each page. Check out Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s very helpful page layout templates at:
https://tinyurl.com/lqeetnw






Once I have settled on the layouts I want, I then import them into Procreate and start to play.

As you can see, these sketches go through lots of evolution! But they help me figure out where I want to go. Once I am settled on my final sketch, I export it as a PSD file to my desktop computer, then size it down and save as a jpg. I use it as a basis for my clay illustration and will also use the jpg in my final PDF dummy.

And then, of course everything changes a couple of times by the time I do the clay! Here are some versions of these finished pieces.








And finally here is a short video of putting together the clay. After this stage I photograph the piece and then prepare the files in Photoshop.






After saving all of my sketch files and two finished pieces as 72 or 100 dpi jpegs (depending on size), I combine them all into a PDF.

Whew! Finally, I am ready for submission! Or at least for submission to my honest and supportive critique group, where I gladly listen to their tips for fine tuning before sending my baby out into the world.
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Follow Susan:

Website: http://www.susaneaddy.com
Twitter: @eaddysusan

Poppy’s Best Babies-coming 2018
Poppy’s Best Paper, by Susan Eaddy-ilustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
My Love for you is the Sun, by Julie Hedlund-illustrated by Susan Eaddy
www.susaneaddy.com

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PRIZE!


Susan Eaddy is giving away:

"My Love for you is the Sun", by Julie Hedlund, illustrated by Susan and "Poppy’s Best Paper" written by Susan and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet to one lucky winner!*

- Comment on this post and tell Susan how much you liked this post if you want to be entered to win one of these books!

*Shipping for these prizes are limited to residents of the US.

34 comments:

  1. First of all, love, love, love your art work! ....And your step by step instructions could not have come at a better time as I've just purchased Procreate but wasn't for sure how I was going to use it. Now I have the perfect goal in mind...work out my final layouts using my iPad! Thanks so much, you have been a great help.

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    1. Thank you Phyllis! i'm so glad it helps to see Procreate at work in this process. I could never do some of the more complex illustrations with it because my mind just doesn't work that way... but for figuring out where I am going it is great for me!

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  2. Thank you for sharing! As an author (not an illustrator!), it is amazing and inspiring to see the process :) I also think some of these steps could be super helpful during my own editing process.

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  3. I've admired your 3D illustrations since I first saw them. Loved seeing your process, like magic. Keep up the good work. Here's to seeing many, many more books in your future!

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    1. Thank you Louann! I so appreciate your wishes of abundance! Best of luck to you.

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  4. Incredibly beautiful work, Susan! Your attention to detail amazes me ❤

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    1. Thanks Danette. I always tell my editor friends that I have no patience for detail work (such as grammar) but clay details fascinate me endlessly!

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  5. This is so exciting viewing the creative process of a book dummy. Thanks

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    1. You are welcome Paul. Good luck on your dummy!

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  6. It's nice to see that the process is the same, even when the medium seems so different.

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    1. I know, I wasn't sure if I could use the iPad Pro as a bridge to my clay... but you are right, the process is the same!

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  7. It's wonderful to see your process of creating the work in clay. And something I learned today is the template for creating different versions of your page layouts. I'll be using that for my Smart Dummies dummy for sure. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, Debbie Ohi's templates are so helpful!

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  8. Fantastic process. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to read!

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  9. Wow, very intricate and detailed process! I loved seeing it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! I love seeing other artists' process. I always learn something.

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  10. Your art is lovely Susan! Thank you for sharing your process.

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    1. Thank you Heidi. Good luck with YOUR process!

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  11. Thank you for sharing your process Susan! I love the 2D clay work. <3<3<3

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    1. Thank you Brittany. I've had a passion for clay since I was 9 years old!

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  12. Wow! I love your work and it's wonderful to see the videos of you in action. I've been thinking about trying some illustrations with mixed fibers and this gives me an idea of how to start. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Susan. Videos are sooooo much fun to see. That is another thing about Procreate... they record your process!

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  13. I loooooove your art, Susan, and I loved seeing your process! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! x

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    1. Hi Teresa! It's great to see you here. Come Back to see us in the Midsouth!

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  14. I LOVE your work! Thanks so much for sharing your process videos.

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    1. Thank you Jena! Best of luck to you on your dummy.

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  15. Very impressive, Susan! I'm mesmerized by your process.

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    1. Thank you C.L. I appreciate your kind words!

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing your videos and the visuals of how you work out an idea all of it is reassuring and helpful to see! Your work is amazing!!!

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    1. Hi Geralyn, so glad it is helpful. There are so many steps in dummy making, sometimes it is hard just to know where to start!

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  17. Your clay illustrations have always amazed me, Susan! You're an incredibly talented artist. Thanks for sharing about your process with us.

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  18. Thank you Evelyn. I've had a love affair with clay since I was 9 years old. good luck on your dummy!

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