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.


Salem Trilogy

Enter the magical whimsical side of Salem through the Unzipping Tree to see witches, flying fish waiting at traffic lights, churches blast off like rockets, Vikings storming Dead Horse Beach, and tall ships drop anchor next to parking meters, with your tour guide Mr. Zac. The ‘ journey of the hero’ tale where you’re the main character. The first book in the Salem Trilogy. Available at Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Bewitched in Salem, Barnes & Noble, and Or give more money to our author by paying us at

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