A little bit about my process….

The most popular question I get asked is “How long did it take you to write your book?” For my first book that is an easy answer. It took me well over 300 hours to complete.

This is what one particular sketching session looked like


From this point once I had all the sketches inked onto tracing paper, I then scanned them and imported into Illustrator to convert them into vector images. The vector images can then be scaled up or down without becoming pixelated. I then inserted the word images and floral images into each page in Microsoft Publisher.

Once that step was completed and all the pages were the way I envisioned them, I saved it as a PDF to upload for publishing.

When I was ready to begin the process for my second book I had been able to purchase an IPad Pro. This was a total game changer for me. I was now able to draw an entire page at once, save it as an image and then insert it into my Microsoft Publisher file. This saved me so much time and paper. I went through at least 100 sheets of graph paper and 100 sheets of tracing paper for my first book. I still sketch with pencil and a sketchbook as there is just something soothing about listening to the sound of the pencil on the paper as I draw. But my IPad lets me be creative no matter where I am without all the extra accessories I carry with my sketch book. I mean let’s be honest, I have a pencil case crammed with pens and various pencils. Another one with colored pencils. Erasers….yes I said erasers because I can’t have just one type. Whereas my Apple Pencil fits into a case that slips onto my iPad and that’s it I am good to go.

I hope this has offered some insight into my illustrating process. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them below. If there is a particular technique you would like me to talk about in my Technique Thursday posts go ahead and leave that in the comments as well. I will add them to the list of topics I plan to cover.


You can begin your own Prayer journey with coloring and scripture by purchasing one of my books in my shop.

Author, Artist, Swim Instructor and 10+ year survivor of uterine cancer. Shannon has love of all things purple and teal, most greens, paisley and elephants.


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