The fun of Illustrating a book is sitting down with the story and imagining what the characters and the setting will look like. Sometimes the outline is descriptive but still open to interpretation, other times I've got free reign to come up with ideas and solutions. My task is to visualize your text and enrich the experience for the reader by first sending you the character design illustrations for feedback and then getting to work on the interior draft.
Below is the opening chapter and my illustration, hand rendered in pen and ink to accompany it.
Allow me to introduce myself -my name is Lawrence Pinkley, I'm a private detective. There aren’t
many eighteen year old detectives in Whitby, in fact, I'm the only one, but not by choice. I found myself pulled to the cold north east of England following the death of my father, when I unwillingly inherited the Pinkley Investigation Group, or PIG for short.