Here is a sketch for one of the spreads in the picture book, "Daddy All Day Long", written by Francesca Rusackas. Using a black prismacolor pencil (one of my most favorite tools!), my goal was to keep the line quality somewhat scratchy, by hand-sketching the image on paper, scanning it in, and then going right to finish in full color, digitally.
The text for this spread is,''"Ooey-gooey chocolate caramel ice cream? Well, I love you more than EIGHT cherries on top!" said Daddy.' Not only was it fun to make sure there were exactly eight cherries clearly in view for the reader, but it was a delightful treat (pun intended) to do the research needed for this book! This, of course, included hunting down some actual chocolate caramel ice cream to experience first-hand. I mean, we illustrators need to know what we're creating, don't we?
Works for me!