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Hide and Seek with Grandpa – Illustration Process

July 22, 2019 | Illustration | 0 comments | Author:

Illustrations…

Here is a bit of insight into to how I illustrated picture book Hide and Seek with Grandpa. (Written by Ed Allen, Published by Scholastic Australia, 2018)

 

 

My character for Grandpa didn’t start as a lion!
Here are some other animal characters I played around with….

hide and seek with grandpa character design

hide and seek with grandpa

hide and seek with grandpa

 

Once we decided what animal Grandpa would be, my sketchbook became filled with lions.

hide and seek with grandpa

hide and seek with grandpa

 

Then we needed to decide on his colours… not too young, not too old… but JUST RIGHT!

hide and seek with grandpa

 

My first lot of roughs spread over my loungeroom floor, my cat Friday wasn’t the least bit interested.

hide and seek with grandpa

 

I continued to play with ideas on my iPad

hide and seek with grandpa

 

Once the final roughs were approved, I began the artwork using watercolour ,

hide and seek with grandpa

And pencils…

hide and seek with grandpa

After stretching all the watercolour paper of course…

hide and seek with grandpa

hide and seek with grandpa

hide and seek with grandpa

 

I also came up wiht extra bits and pieces to be added digitally, just in case!

hide and seek with grandpa

 

And of course not forgetting the end paper designs – luckily I didn’t have to choose which one!

hide and seek with grandpa

And of course – the front cover!

 

Ready or not, here I go!
Come and find me, Grandpa!
Am I hiding high or low?
Where could I be?
Keep looking all around the park!
It is so much fun playing hide and seek with Grandpa!

 

Download Hide and Seek with Grandpa kids’ Activities:

SPOT the DIFFERENCE

COLOUR IN SHEET

And just in case you didn’t know, Hide and Seek with Grandpa is available August 2018 🙂

Staying creative,
Nicky x






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Nicky Johnston

Nicky is a children's book author and illustrator. She is the creative director of 52-week Illustration Challenge, inspiring others to connect with their creative souls.

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