Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Wind in the Willows

I've decided to take a little break from my final major project and work on my entry for the Penguin book cover competition. I've opted for the children's brief with is to design a new cover for The Wind in the Willows. So here's a sketch of Rat and Mole in a boat -

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Haroun And The Sea Of Stories - More roughs!

Round 2! I've been working some more on my first double page for this project. There were quite a few things wrong with the first set of of drawings I did so I decided to redo them and I'm a bit happier now. I think I might be starting to lose it just a little after essentially drawing the same thing eight times, but hopefully it'll be worth it!

And here's what it looks like altogether -

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Haroun And The Sea Of Stories - Roughs

I've started to work on some rough page ideas, starting with the part of the story where the sea is being polluted. Here's what I have so far, although I'm probably going to change the first page just so that it doesn't get too repetitive and hopefully make the drawings less terrible before going onto final artwork. Also I'm not sure about the sea at the moment ('wut, that's supposed to be the sea?' 'I know, right?')...

It's all going to get pretty bad on the next page, just as a heads up. 
As these are going to be pages for a picture book I like the idea of having this double page as one that folds out into a long sequence, kind of like this... -
With at least one more image of the sequence yet to draw! Something tells me I will regret this decision when it comes to all the colouring and photoshopping later, but present me doesn't care. 

Friday, 11 January 2013

Haroun And The Sea Of Stories - Character Development

This week I've been designing characters for my final major project, for which I have decided I'm going to create pages for a picture book adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Haroun And The Sea Of Stories.

The story has a LOT of interesting characters (see above list), and they're all ones I'm looking forward to drawing and I'm also determined to include them all... somehow.
Anyway, here are some of the pages from my sketchbook so far -

Rashid The Storyteller

Iff The Water Genie

Butt The Mechanical Hoopoe

I took inspiration from some of Shaun Tan's work for the Hoopoe.

Mali The Floating Gardener - here I like to think he's saying 'OH GOD MY HANDS ARE DANDELIONS'

Next on the list are a couple of talkative fish that are covered in mouths and only speak in rhyme. Yay!