I've been trying to finish off the initial sketches for my book project (yes, still). Nearly done.
This project is aimed younger than my usual picture books, so I have been working hard at softening the characters, while trying not to lose the fun and the slightly anarchic edge that makes them me.
I loved the first drawing of the dog, but I'm not sure he's cute enough for a younger audience, even with this flying puppy addition. I've decided all the characters should be baby animals too, so he had to go. Plus a skateboard is more a teenager thing.
A bunny worked better, but I decided even a bike was more relevant to slightly older children. I put him on a scooter instead:
The hedgehog wasn't quite right though: not as funny as the flying puppy and too similar in size to Bunny, creating a heavy composition. Then I found that I wanted to use a hedgehog elsewhere anyway (I want each page to feature a different creature).
So, I needed a new animal to go with Bunny, but I was struggling: I'd used all the obvious ones already. Then John (jokingly I think) suggested a slug. Mmmm....
I think this works much better. I can get away with a skateboard as a secondary element I think, and the slug is funnier again. Not sure now if I prefer the fluffier bunny head though...