Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Great Outdoors

I've spoken a few times about a lengthy private commission I was working on, and now I can finally share some of the illustrations with you. The project was from a bride who wanted me to illustrate a children's story that her husband-to-be had written, so that she could present him with an illustrated finished book as a wedding gift. (So sweet!) The story involves a board game of friendly shapes that explore the great outdoors on a mission to find a lost friend.

Here's some of the character design and [rather scrappy] roughs from the beginning of the project:





And a few of the final spreads:






I really enjoyed experimenting with my use of colour in the book... I used some different colouring methods to usual, and I think the changing hues help establish the movement of time through the narrative and provide a good unobtrusive background for the vivid shape characters' colours.

8 comments:

  1. wow, sounds like an amazing project to work on. do you know if they plan on publishing it? or is it only a present? the coolest present ever, I may add :)

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  2. Thanks, yes it was fun! I think it's primarily a present but they may look into publishing :)

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  3. Wonderful! I especially love that last spread with the purple sky, really nice!

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  4. I love your use of colour! Amazing!

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