I've been busy drawing lots of animals lately for one of my new colouring books (see some of the sketchbook drawings here)
Obviously when they go into the colouring book they'll be black and white line drawings, but I thought I'd give a few of them some colour to see how they look, and give you a little sneak peek here on the blog!
So here's Zizi the Zebra:
I'll share a few more of these as I put the books together. I'm hoping to have them ready for any Spring markets I take part in.
In my last Fairytales from around the World post I said that the next story I'd be illustrating was the History of Whittington. After reading it and spending a few days putting off making a start on the illustration I decided to skip that one as no ideas were coming to mind!
I've counted and there are enough stories in the book to last me two years if I keep illustrating every single one, one a week! So I've decided to be a little less strict and skip any that don't appeal.
The next story in the book was Toads and Diamonds. Its a very short story but full of imagery and it didn't take long to get the idea for this illustration. The girl in the story is given a gift:
"At every word you speak, there shall come out of your mouth either a flower or a jewel."
Her sister was given the opposite punishment of snakes and toads, but I thought this one would be much nicer to illustrate!
The next story in the book is Blue Beard. I'm not sure how that one will go as I know its a pretty unpleasant story!
This is our first special occasion as an engaged couple so its pretty exciting! We're off for a meal at our favourite restaurant this evening. Hope you all have a lovely day however you're spending it!
(This design is from a new range of cards coming soon. I had hoped to have this one ready for Valentines but had a few delays along the way so it'll be released with the other new designs ASAP!)
After a few weeks of being less productive than I'd have liked (blame a nasty cold and lingering lack of motivation!), this week I decided to try and make some real progress on some new products. I'm designing some new colouring books* including a new, larger and better second edition of my Animal World design. This one will be A5 sized with 24 pages (thats twice as big as the old versions!)
So for the last couple of days I've been filling sketchbook pages with various animals ready to go into the colouring book! I've got a list of animals I'd like to include but I'm happy to hear any suggestions!
Here's some sketchbook pages from the week so far:
*I'm also working on a second edition of Positive Thoughts, and possibly something fairytale and/or nature themed too!
This week's fairytale is Puss in Boots (or The Master Cat).
The original idea for this one was a simple character illustration, however after reading the story through I went with an image of the cat performing a slight twist on one of his current tricks. Here he is with a bag of corn to lure in the partridges...