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How to Draw Fantasy Landscape illustrations for Children’s Books – workbook sketches

By now you will know that I’m creating a space adventure trilogy for 8-12 year olds.

The action takes place at the International Space School, which I have set in a green and mountainous area of Wales – one of the countries that makes up the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

I’ll need an illustration of the school for the book but I also need it for myself to really get a feel for the place. It is a fantasy landscape, but based on experience – places I’ve been and lived in.

They say that abstract, concept art is finished when it most closely resembles the idea the artist first had. So it is with illustrating a scene from a story you have written yourself.

Towards the end of the painting, I realised I’d become a bit obsessed with certain aspects of the drawing and had not really got the whole thing to come together. I made the smaller buildings quite eco – with sedum/turf roofs, but that makes it look too 20th century.

I think it needs to be more contemporary, so I need to go back and do more research. You don’t know these things unless you do them! I’ll come back with another version when I’ve done it and am happy.

This is probably the biggest illustration in the book and needs to be got right. I think it needs to go twice as wide – a big wide landscape – so it fits across the bottom of a page – maybe even across the preliminary pages – in fact hold that thought!

How to design characters for children’s books – see inside my workbook

In this video I show how I have created two characters – hero and heroine – of my space-based, middle-grade adventure trilogy – GENERATION MOON – aimed at 8-12 year-olds and up.

Creating a character takes time. They are like new friends – you may think you know them, but it takes a while to really get to know them and understand their individuality and what makes them tick.

If you are going to create a whole book, populated with images of the characters, drawn from different angles and with different emotions, you need to practice, until it becomes second nature how to draw them.

It also helps to create some kind of a grid that you can refer to as the base plan for the character that you can return to when you get in a muddle or when you need to work out how to draw them in a new and tricky situation or angle.

In this video I take you inside my workbook and show how I draw the characters now and the whole series of sketches and thought processes that led up the the present versions.

00:00:00 Start – Drawing Glenn
00:02:37 Drawing Chao-Xing
00:05:17 Look through all the sketches in the workbook
00:14:52 Draw Glenn 00:16:53 Draw Glenn Again

Artemis 1 is on its way to the Moon

This video starts just before launch

We rise together to the Moon and beyond! We are all USA with Nasa!

Earlier today, the SLS – space launch system – the most powerful rocket in the world, took off from Cape Canaveral starting the Artemis 1 mission to test all the equipment on a trip to the Moon and back on December 11th.

It has been so long since Apollo and, for my generation, it has been too long. But it is this mission that has inspired me to begin creating my trilogy – GENERATION MOON – with the ambition of inspiring kids of today who will become the population of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Somewhere, right now, there is a kid playing soccer in the school playground. In a few months time, they will get hold of a copy of the first book in the trilogy and and idea will form in their head. A small voice inside their head will say “Maybe I could be the first kid on the Moon!”

That gets me excited and makes me want to keep working on my project. However daunting a self-published trilogy might be, it’s nothing compared to the effort of thousands that have brought us to this historic day.