This week in Lilla Rogers class Make Art That Sells was really interesting for me. Many times here in the gallery I get asked if I illustrate for children’s books! All I can say for now is maybe someday, but after this week I need to say hopefully someday! As a newbie to drawing and painting it seems so intimidating, but after this week I think I would really love to illustrate for children’s books. It is so fun creating the characters and bringing them to life in their own little worlds. It’s a lot like what I do already with my work, but extending the story for each character.
*Drawn with Copic pens, some parts assembled together in photoshop, blue sky done digitally.
We illustrated for Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Snail and the Rose Tree which in all honesty can be pretty depressing. So getting over the story and making it more kid friendly was kind of a mind bender. So yes in the story there is a very grumpy snail and a lovely rose tree. Actually the biggest challenge for this assignment was the hand lettering! If I had time to go back and tweak this (which I will someday) I would continue to rework the lettering. I need to fatten it up and make it pop more! I’m also not convinced about the color I chose for the blue sky. It just feels a little off. I spent at least an hour, spread over two days, trying to pick a blue and just couldn’t get 100% sold on any of them. For my first attempt I am pretty happy though! I am definitely looking at children’s books in a whole new way now.
Do you have a favorite children’s book? Which children’s book do you just love the illustrations for?