I've fallen quite unashamedly in love with my panda. He's just so full of joy that it's contagious and when I draw him (which I am doing so often that it's surprising I'm not sick of it) it fills me with pleasure. Therapeutic just doesn't begin to describe it ... At the moment I'm trying to define his lines, unsure still of what the end result will be, but extremely happy with the process of exploration. Above is one of my experiments but it might be too clean, I'm not yet sure. Here's the original sketch:
I quite like the rough edges and marks, and would really love to incorporate them somehow into the final ... we'll see how it goes shall we? I have a feeling that this little panda will let me know exactly what he wants and needs eventually, and that I won't have much choice but to happily go along with his wishes.
I'm also exploring the construction of a picture book -- layout, dummies, etc, so I thought I'd share a few links with you that I found useful:
- Picture Book Dummy, Picture Book Construction: Know Your Layout: https://taralazar.com/2009/02/22/picture-book-construction-know-your-layout/
- Basic Book Construction: http://editorialanonymous.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/basic-book-construction.html
- How to Design Your Picture Book Layout: http://www.alexenglish.co.uk/blog/picture-book-layouts/
- Picture Book Pages & Tips: http://www.wordsandpics.org/2015/11/ask-picture-book-editor.html#more
- Picture Book Layout Templates: http://www.scottefranson.com/publishing-2/picturebook-layout-forms
- An Illustrator’s Guide to Creating a Picture Book: http://www.meghan-mccarthy.com/illustratorsguide.html
- Dummies for Smarties: http://www.yellapalooza.com/tutorials/dummies.html
I'll be doing tons more research and will keep sharing and posting what I find. If you're exploring doing picture books for children you'll find them useful in some way I hope. I'll also add links on the side of my blog as I go along, so keep an eye out for those as well. Cheers.