A bit of stink wafted in with this fun book!
A recent project completed earlier this year for Eleanor Curtain Publishing is now published. And it wasn’t a stink at all. It’s a very typical guided reading format. They are small, fictional books that can be found in most UK libraries and school libraries too. They are aimed at improving a child’s reading level, but are very much the forerunner of the picture book. Over the years I have illustrated a number of these little (often fictional) books.
The ‘Goodmans’ Go Camping
This book tells the story about a Hispanic family who, decide to go on a wonderful camping trip and get back to nature. However they fail to read the camp rule book properly and a stinky chaos ensues! They get ‘skunked’!
The starting point for illustrating a guided read is character design. Generally the publisher wants to see how the artist (moi), sees the characters. It gives the publishers a chance to amend and adjust any character designs I do. I usually do some in full colour, as editing the colour (especially skin tones) is very important.
Trees forever! And no stink…
Today I am sharing some of the internal illustrations. The artwork is partly hand-drawn and partly digitally. I have also added some collage elements too. I still like to do some of the work by hand, but do enjoy trying new things all the time.