Getting a little swampy over here…

NOVEMBER 26, 2020

How many layers does it take to create one of my illustrations?…

For Goldie Swamp, it took 44. Just right.

The many layers used when creating Goldie Swamp allow me to build texture, shadows, highlights, veils, play with colour, and composition. This process begins with the original pen and pencil line work to the many layers in Photoshop that bring me to my final illustration. I can’t say I always use this many layers, but with Goldie it had to be perfect.

Goldie Swamp captures a scene from a children’s book story I have written, by the same name. To watch a quick video, with all the layers, visit my Instagram (and follow me! :)) @hollymain02

Goldie Swamp, is currently on display as part of the CANSCAIP Virtual Art Show which launched on October 24th, as a part of the CANSCAIP Packaging Your Imagination Conference. The Art Show consists of illustrations by 49 published, and aspiring, children’s book illustrators. 

See the full art show by visiting

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