Thursday, January 22, 2009

When Art Meets Digital

As Art Director, it’s always very exciting for me when I finally pick up a finished, printed book from one of the newly arrived cartons sitting on the Annick office floor. A few weeks ago I cracked open A World Full of Ghosts written by Charis Cotter and illustrated by Marc Mongeau. This one was especially exciting because all the art had been digitally created. What that means is that up until that moment I had only seen the illustrations on my computer monitor. Marc Mongeau, who lives in Montreal, is a fabulous artist and for this book, all the art was digitally manipulated; no traditional painting exists. Creating this way allowed Marc to achieve some outstanding “ghostly” effects. The ghost stories come from all around the world, so he also had to capture a sense of their cultural background. I don’t think it’s exaggerating to say that his art is stunning and well worth seeing. I hope we get a chance to work with Marc again soon.


christine tripp said...

It is amazing how digital has finally been accepted and is, in fact, making up at least a quarter of all book illustration now.
One of the greatest things about doing all the art work on the computer is the past days of sheer panic as original art is couriered around the world (and you hold your breath, checking the fed ex tracker till it's signed for:)
One of the WORST things is when PS crashes and you forgot to save the last 3 hours of work!

Michael Kline said...

Digital work is best when allowed to push the envelope of traditional imagery. I used to laugh at some of Disney's early efforts to render humans so, ummm, humanly. The computer offered them the chance to do ANYthing, but they were still stuck in the past. Pixar, on the other hand, is (thankfully) WAY out of the box. I've been working digitally for 15 years, and have loved every minute of it.