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Create a separate foreground finished pencils if requested.

Although he prefers to create one, cohesive piece of art at every stage, his publisher with It’s a Big World, Little Pig asked that he create the foregrounds and backgrounds separately at both pencils and final art stages in order to allow for repurposing and splicing of the illustrations in animation sequences and apps for tablets and smartphones.

Before working on the cover images, the final prong of the illustration process is creating the color art.

In It’s a Big World, Little Pig, Tim works with acrylic washes on Bristolboard. In other words, he paints with very thin washes of acrylic paint, adding layers of color and saturation as he goes, leaving the opaque areas last. As he renders with more layers and more color, the object being illustrated is given more dimension and depth.

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