Illustrating is my favorite phase of the book-making process because—surprise!—it means the writing is finished, and now all I have to do is make pictures. For Show Your Work! I have a map of all ten chapters on two taped-together pieces of 11×17 paper. As I’m working, I make little doodles of illustrating ideas on sticky notes, and arrange them according to each section.
Once I have an idea of what I need to work on, I don’t make too many sketches, I just I head over to the analog desk, grab a Sharpie and start doodling. I don’t worry much about getting the drawings or the writing perfect because everything is eventually going to get scanned into the computer and fiddled with anyways.
The work is slow, but the book is really coming together. Occasionally, I’ll get some help from my studio assistant: