How an Illustration is Made

Below you will see the steps from sketches to comps. Graphite drawings are done on separate pieces of paper, scanned, and then painted. They are scanned again and composed like Colorforms on Photoshop until the final illustration is created.

That is how the illustration for Ratatoskr and Charlie Bumpus in front of the Essex Institute from A walk Through Salem.

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The Congress Street Dream Bagger from A Walk Through Salem

Can You Name the Local Who Posed for this Illustration?

Congress Street Dream Bagger from A walk Through Salem by Chris Dowgin

Take your guesses and place them in the comment section below.

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The Caddy Balloon Above the Common from A Walk Above Salem

The Next Balloon is Waiting for You to Journey Into the Story On…

Caddy Balloon from A Walk Above Salem by Chris DowginLike all of the stories in the Salem Trilogy, you are the main character. In A Walk Above Salem you hop in a Caddy Balloon among millions of other readers ridding their own.

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The Good Ship Friendship and the Baron from A Walk Through Salem

Where is the Friendship…Its not in the Harbor Anymore?

The Goodship Friendship and the Baron Munchausen from A Walk Through Salem by Chris DowginSecond star to the right, and straight on till morning was the last reported course for the good ship. Maybe if you look up in the sky you might see her sail by.

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Do You Know This Salem Local From the Salem Trilogy?

Can You Guess the Name…

Captain Nemo' sub and Mr. Zac illustrated by Chris Dowgin from A Walk Under Salem published by Salem House Press

His nickname is Dr. P and the Prince of Derby Street. He wore a fashionable derby hat. He was a bartender at the PLAV. He worked at the power plant in Salem and  was brave enough to drink a Greek liquor made out of rattlesnake venom.

Can you guess his name? Place your guesses in the comment section below.

He appears in A Walk Under Salem.  Continue your journey by reading this second book in the trilogy which is available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.com.

Do You Know This Salem Local From the Salem Trilogy?

Can You Guess the Name of This Salem Local…

Mike Naimo illustrated by Chris Dowgin from the book A Walk Through Salem published by Salem House Press

Photographer extraordinaire. A tad bawdy. Owner of several  galleries on the North Shore. The Most Famous was the N Gallery. Lover of lingerie..

Nick of Salem Used Furniture illustrated by Chris Dowgin from A Walk Through Salem published by Salem House Press

Can you guess his name? Place your guesses in the comment section below.

He appears in A Walk Through Salem.  Start your journey by reading this first book in the trilogy,  now in its second edition at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.com.

You get extra credit if you know where this antique store was and who the owner is playing guitar.

Do You Know this Salem Local from the Salem Trilogy?

Can You Guess the Name of This Salem Local…

Johnny Miller illustrated by Chris Dowgin in A Walk Through Salem published by Salem House Press.

This Salem local is an expert craftsman. A real expert in wood and true lover and supporter of local and national bands alike. A truly wonderful person to know that has a little bit of that special magic. A powerful dancer who gets the groove going. A one time DJ on our local radio station.

The Record Exchange illustrated by Chris Dowgin in A Walk Through Salem published by Salem House Press.

Can you guess his name? Place your guesses in the comment section below.

He appears in A Walk Through Salem.  Start your journey by reading this first book in the trilogy,  now in its second edition at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.com.

A Walk Through Salem is in its Second Edition!

Available from Salem to California in Barnes & Noble….

A Walk Through Salem 2nd edition cover with the Unzipping Tree.

The magical whimsical tales set in Salem that has entertained thousands is in its second edition and available at Barnes & Noble and your favorite independent booksellers throughout the country. The tale that began when Mr. Zac invited you through the Unzipping Tree to see flying fish, churches turned into rocket ships, tall ships dropping anchor next to parking meters, and Vikings storming Dead Horse Beach! A tale filled with witches, werewolves, and Frankenstein’s Monster. A tale in which you are the main character…

Vikings stormin Dead Horse Beach in Salem from A walk Through Salem

Many wonderful illustrations turn local favorite locations into something of merry and mirth.  The tale has the flavor of Willie Wonka in ire, Alice in Wonderland in absurdity, and the “..you were there, and you!” feeling of the Wizard of Oz. Because the characters in the book walk the streets of Salem for real! Just not as magical during the sunlit hours…

The goodship Friendship sailing from Salem to Neverland past the moon across the stars with the Baron Munchausen flying past on a cannonball.

A tale in which you venture through, but may never return from. In it you acquire the aid of Mr. Zac who is posthumously played by Ed Wynn. This was his final and immortal part. It follows the structure of the Journey of the Hero laid out by Joseph Campbell. A format that Lord of the Rings, Percival, King Arthur, and Star Wars follows. Truly magical!

Mr. Zac from the Salem Trilogy illustrated by Chris Dowgin and published by Salem House Press.So pick up this tale and begin the Salem Trilogy and walk through the Unzipping Tree which appears every night after dusk on the Salem Common in real life and see where it takes you. You will not regret it.

The Dream bagger from A walk Through Salem Illustrated by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press.Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Wicked Good Books, and Remember Salem. If your bookseller does not carry it ask for it by name from Salem House Press. Then pick up the next two books in the trilogy.

eBooks are available direct from Salem House Press with animated extras and Amazon.com. A Walk Through Salem was twice a winner of the Mass Cultural Commision Grant.