Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Illustrating a Picture Book: Time Flies!


The weeks are whizzing by - I swear somehow we've been set to 'fast forward'! On Monday, I finally finished the spread that's been hanging around for ages:


Here is the 'running away' spread I started on Friday, as it looked come Monday night:


I then had to leave it, as this is my first brush with Mum and Dad and I wanted to choose their colours in the context of their major spreads, set in the living room. The kitchen decor too (lower left door) is impossible to second-guess. The bears are not finished because they are 'hand resting' areas to access the parents without smudging stuff.

So, Tuesday morning I started on the background colours of one of the living room spreads:


I thought a blue room this time - not done that yet. It's like being an interior designer, choosing colour schemes and even designing coordinating wallpapers and fabrics! This is how it looked by the end of Tuesday:


It takes ages, planning all the clothing colours too, bearing in mind not just this spread, but how they will occur in other illustrations I haven't done yet.

By the time you read this, I'll have spent another day on it, so I hope it's finished! I'll let you know how I got on at the end of the week.

4 comments:

Doug said...

I like the naked parents running out the door! : )

Lynne Chapman said...

Ha ha! Now that really WOULD shock the American market!

Tomás Serrano said...

This scene on the sofa is fabulous. You detail it perfectly: poses, faces...

traylorillo said...

I thought they were naked, too! LOL!
I love your illustration style. Your people are especially delightful!