Here are the ink and and the colored versions of a study I did for the book I am currently illustrating. I make these little squares to try out color combinations and different drawing techniques before I begin the final illustration. It saves me from frustration and having to redo an entire piece. I make them in squares so that I can post them on Instagram, which forces me to slow down and concentrate on the study. Otherwise I would dash off the study and rush into the finished illustration without having fully tried out my idea. For this study I wanted to see how sepia and brown ink looked next to each other after the paint was applied.
The new book will come out in the fall of 2022, from Candlewick. I'll have more on that as the book gets finalized.