no bee
no bee



Tickled pink.
– Out of the Blue


Paperback: $8.95
978-0-9832904-1-4 Amazon BN


Hardcover: $15.95
978-0-9832904-2-1 Amazon


Vanita Oelschlager
Robin Hegan

Ages 4-10
32 Pages



Illustration Technique
By Robin Hegan


The illustrations for Out of the Blue start as rough pencil drawings inspired by the “literal” meaning of each idiom. Before I begin each drawing I first compile actual photographs of the different images I want to use in my illustration. Keeping in mind the position of text, I then create a variety of compositions on sketch paper until I find one that I like. After I choose my rough composition, I scan it and enlarge it to 15% more than the actual size of each spread in the book.


I choose a background for my canvas and paint it. Then using carbon paper I transfer my sketch on top of the background. I then use the outlines as a guide while I am painting with my acrylic paints. The finished art is photographed and digitally placed into a book format to include all the necessary text.

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How the artwork was created.
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