For the illustrations to each book in Willow Summers’ Skyline Trilogy, I wanted to explore the wonderful style of Malika Favre’s sophisticated, simplified, colour-reduced vector illustrations. Granted, I missed the mark on that one, but I still learned a thing or two. And it was just fun to pick one of the many expressive scenes to illustrate.
Unexpected hero is the first of 3 books and it’s a fun, wild read. Here’s the full image:
And here are the scribbles. With the chosen style, I struggled to keep the illustrations simple. I knew, I’d only use 4 colours, which I had to keep reminding me of when I drew. I tried to picture how the shades would fall, but that was way too much in the first stage. So I just drew the outlines and added colouring and shading after. It was a lot of trial and error here for a while until I got the right feel. Also, I had to stylize some elements more than in the drawing. Look at the trees around the lake. Initially, I painstakingly made each tree look grown organically. But with this style, it just didn’t cut it. So, I just made them all the same with the simplest of shapes. Works better, oddly.