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!
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.