Virginia-based Vikki Chu’s illustrations remind me of my favourite kind of picture books as a child, the ones that would have you endlessly searching for hidden items amongst the details. And, her work is very detailed. There’s so much going on and to see.
It complements her choices of subject well, where she often depicts epic scenes of curious lands, perfectly enchanting for children with a sense of adventure. She tells us more.
Drawing is definitely the most important and enjoyable part of my illustration process. I love working on any project that involves a lot of drawing, which is probably why I enjoy making large scenes so much. Architecture and people are my favorite subjects.
I usually use either a rapidograph or a mechanical pencil and then Photoshop for color. Occasionally, I will dabble in watercolor. When starting an illustration, I usually like to dive straight into the drawing and build from there. My sketches are very loose, which I like, because it keeps me engaged in the drawing process.
© Vikki Chu, 2012