Earlier this year I took an illustrating children books class by Make Art That Sells – an online format that I took before and really liked.
The class took 5 weeks and touched on every aspect of children books illustration, from creation to publishing. Each person had 3 manuscripts to choose from and illustrate during the 5 weeks. My story was about a lost bird that with some assistance finds a way home. Each week we got an assignment, mimicking the gradual process of real book creation – first focusing on the character, then the environment and a sample spread, and finally the cover. So on the left from top to bottom you can see:
1. Initial character sketch
2. Revised character and secondary character showing various expressions
3. Revised character in different poses
5. Cover and typography mock up