Over the past few weeks, in between my other adventures, I have been beavering away at my new book, the sequel to Baby Goes Baaaaa!, turning my big ideas sheets into proper drawings.
Without the alphabet to hang this set of illustrations on, I needed an idea to link the images together. I decided that the book would feature all the original characters from Baby Goes Baaaaa!, but I would introduce an additional tiny creature, who could wander through all the pages, interacting with the various animals.
Then I got the idea that he could change into a butterfly half way through the book, which would be fun and make the perfect illustration for 'Baby can point':
I got very excited until I realised that, without getting into drawing the cocoon stage too, illustrating the change would be tricky (my ex-caterpillar looked dead and, when I tried to show him as split skin, disembowelled!) It was all potentially misleading too. Rats (actually, there are no rats in the book...).
Then John came to the rescue by suggesting a spider:
Now, I'm not desperately keen on our 8 legged friends, but having lots of legs makes a spider quite versatile as a character and he can be illustrated down on the ground, or up on any surface, or hanging from a web...