When Kendra called me for the first time to tell about this children book project and heard my accent, she sounded incredulous: "It's going to a be a book about Halloween. Are you familiar with Halloween?"
Of course I was! I was one of the first who started to celebrate Halloween once this holiday came to my culture. But even more, around a year ago I had this awesome project, so during drawing 120 Halloween characters I have learned about this holiday really a lot.
I'm a digital artist with my main focus on games, and something that supposed to be physically printed on a paper is not what I work with every day. Most of my projects are digital and they stay digital and RGB all the time. This time for the Booing: A Halloween Tradition I had a few challenges at the same time: everything supposed to be CMYK (you know how this color mode distorts the colors when you look at them on the screen), I had to do typography, and layouts for the book and the cardboard box.
The project was not an easy one, but here one of those things that I call "magic" had happened. Even though I was quite comfortable with technical requirements for the paper books illustrations (due to my long-term collaboration with a printing house in my previous life and several freelance projects), but I was shamefully unfamiliar with Adobe InDesign, a necessary tool for publishing. And the "magic" was the fact that just recently I took an InDesign class, involuntarily and unexpectedly. Learning this software I was almost sure, mistakenly, that I'm just wasting my time and I'll hardly have a chance to use it. But everything happens for a reason.