What do you get when you cross a parrot with a mouse?
It would seem a whimsical story about a mouse called Sydney who wants to be an Opera singer. Hence the title of the book I recently illustrated, Sydney Opera Mouse. It was quite a heavily illustrated story and in places complicated, as there were many famous Sydney (Australia), tourist hotspots woven into the story. I wouldn’t be the first to claim that I am a natural at creating illustrations of buildings, but I am proud of the results. Luckily it was very much a character led story and creating characters is definitely my forte! Now that the book is published and selling in Sydney Opera House (and all those tourists destinations in the book), I am in a position to share a piece of artwork from the book here.
The artwork has been created digitally with touches of hand drawing and painting. I quite like combining techniques, if I can. Of course sometimes clients specify digital only and that’s fine too. In fact I have just completed an all digital illustration for a client, but that’s another news article, so watch this space as some (probably famous American) once said.
As the two formats available do not really lend themselves to the dimensions of this artwork, I am showing three different views.