I finished off my hedgehogs and panda on Monday, although I'm still not sure whether to add the white spine tips to the hedgehogs: it's one of those situations where I could ruin things, or it might be the perfect touch. Will come back to that one I think.
Here's panda. I wasn't sure what colour to do the food, but wanted it bright against the bear, so went for a strawberry colour in the end, which will work better once the pink paper is replaced:
I got very grumpy on Monday though, because the weather was so irritatingly 'on and off'.
My desk sits under big, south-facing, Velux windows, so the sun can be tricky. Not a problem if it's properly sunny, as I can drag the desk out of the sun and it's still light enough. But Monday was one of those 'bright sun, dark cloud, bright sun, dark cloud' days, on and off at five minute intervals for most of the day. Baby Goes Grrrrrrrrrr........
At least Tuesday was just plain old 'overcast and vaguely drizzly' - horrible for most people, but fine for me. I got stuck into one of the 'spreads'. There are only 3 pages that are designed to work across the double page as continuous spread illustrations; the bunny and slug is one, this naughty frog and his friends is another, incorporating 3 letters in one:
The idea was to make the paint colour a darker shade of the final background colour (that we'll drop in afterwards), so it won't be too powerful and compete with the animals and text. Which meant I had to commit to a background colour up front. Mostly, I just do what feels right colour-wise, and worry about the background colours later.
I decided on blue, as it's a colour that seems to work well behind a wide range of other colours. Plus I knew it would look great with a green and yellow frog:
I gave him orange trousers, so the overall effect wouldn't be too cool.
As the text is not to be hand-drawn, I'll have to do the paint that's splashed on the letters later, in Photoshop (just like the pink food that will be splodged on the type in the panda illustration). That should be fairly easy, as I can 'grab' the textured blue form where the paint has spilled in the floor.
OK, it's crocodiles today and it's looking to be sunny again...