How an Illustration is Made

Images from the Salem Trilogy of Books

Below you will see the steps from sketches to comps.

Graphite drawings are done on separate pieces of paper, scanned, and then painted. They are scanned again and composed like Colorforms on Photoshop until the final illustration is created. Take a look!

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That is how the illustration for Ratatoskr and Charlie Bumpus in front of the Essex Institute from A walk Through Salem was made.

Read about Ratatoskr who lives in front of the Essex Institute in A Walk Through Salem the fairy tale set in the whimsical magical side of Salem in which you are the main character. Available at Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Or you can buy it directly and give more of the profit to the author. Look for new AR version coming out this Summer.

~ Mr. Zac

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.


John Tenniel: Illustrator of the Week

 Off With Their Heads…

Jon Tenniel

Jon Tenniel was the lead illustrator of Punch, creating over 3,000 caricatures. Then on top of that he is the original and still the most respected illustrator of Alice in Wonderland. Others illustrating it is like someone trying to out do Gene Wilder in Willie Wonka… Take a look!

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Gustave Dore: Illustrator of the Week

To Hell with Him…

Gustave Dore

He is one of my favorites and also one of three artists who I enjoy immensely that would die on my birthday, 01/23. The other two being Dali, and Durer. Today he is most famous for his angels and his work illustrating Dante’s Inferno. He also was the inspiration for the look and feel of Terry Gilliam’s Baron Munchhausen.




So check him out and enjoy!

Brandywine Museum

Pyle, Parrish, and Wyeths…Oh My!!!

If you are ever outside Wilmington Delaware in Penn., make sure you stop by the Brandeywine School where Howard Pyle taught Maxfield Parish, NC Wyeth, and many others.


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Henry J. Ford: Illustrator of the Week

All Those Tales…

Henry Justice Ford (1860–1941) was a prolific and successful English artist and illustrator, active from 1886 through to the late 1920s. Sometimes known as H. J. Ford or Henry J. Ford, he came to public attention when he provided the numerous beautiful illustrations for Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books, which captured the imagination of a generation of British children and were sold worldwide in the 1880s and 1890s.

I always loved his work in the colored fairy tale books of Andrew Lang. I hope you will too!




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