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When an illustration goes wrong – Illustrating Children’s books part 4

Yesterday, I showed you how I’d been illustrating winning stories from the Welsh Books Council Dahlightful schools writing competition See yesterday’s post here:

Today, in part 4, I’m showing you how I illustrated a story called The Real Ultimate Treasure Hunter by Ffion Haf Davies from Ysgol Gyfun G?yr.

It’s a fighting Fantasy kind of story, which is not the kind of book I read these days, nor the kind I illustrate. So I’m having to draw an illustration that both fits the genre but also the overall style of the book of stories written by the kids.

There’s a lot of philosopical chat and rumination in this video as I draw paint, realise its all wrong and do it again!

Dragon Gold and White on sale!

My two books, Dragon Gold and Dragon White are on sale at the Firefly Press Buzzshop sale until 10th January.

With Free Post and Packing!

I’m working on the artwork for Dragon Red, the final instalment of the Dragon trilogy, which is due out in March, get reading and get ready for the final instalment – It gets quite wild!

How to design a Children’s Book Cover

https://youtu.be/2S-iV_Xb768

I’m soon relaunching my Scaredy Cats KickStarter project.

One thing that bothered me, once I had launched previously, was the cover. I loved it, but after a while I realised that it was probably not the right cover. The style of the cat on the front of the book, did not fit with the illustrations inside.

Publishers often re-cover books with different styles, but I thought maybe it was also a bit too sophisticated for the age group the books are intended for and said something different to what was inside.

So I spent some time trying to do a watercolour version, but couldn’t get that right. In the end I decided to do a hybrid. Take the elements I loved about the first cover and add them to a physically drawn version.

The moral of the tale is that the first drawing is not necessarily the finished version. You can keep tweaking the design and a little time and distance is good – allowing you to see the design with free eyes.