Picturing Yitzi – Chapter 3 Spot Drawings

Spot drawings are small, careful sketches that I like to include in my picture books to add balance to the full colour illustrations. They can also add another visual element to the storytelling. I have a lot of fun doing these because I enjoy working in charcoal… I often use a piece of compressed charcoal called “conte” to make the spot drawings. Depending on how much pressure you apply you can get many different effects with the same piece of conte. Sometimes I smudge parts of the drawing to create a shadow effect. There is nothing quite like the the joy of getting your fingers all black in the name of art!