update 4 Sam's book
And another illustration for Sam's book done :>)
The tractor still looms! shall I tackle drawing that today or ... not?
I've been reading a very good book on illustrating for children .
It's full of good tips - some of which I'd done instinctively in the books I've done so far, some that I'll employ in the future.
- different scale and viewpoints - In a previous book I'd done things like looking down on a tiny Sam playing on the beach, from the height of the kite he is flying. Or as here, looking up a flight of steps at him jumping down.
- showing more in the drawing than is shown in the text - like the book I did for him when he was very young where he is looking for his toy giraffe - which is peeping out from behind elements in each drawing, a visual in-joke for the child
- balancing text and image - I do always try to do this, treating the block of text as if it's an element of the image.
It gives some gorgeous examples, one of which was called Bob Robber and Dancing Jane by Andrew Matthews. Oh to have those writing skills!
Bob Robber was a thief.
He could steal honey from the bees and the scent from flowers. He could steal the truth from a promise and make it into a lie.
His hair was black as bats and his eyes were the colour of the new moon. Bob Robber could stand so still that spiders didn't notice him and spun webs across his clothes. When he moved he was quieter than moss. His thieving fingers were as nimble as fish and he could run faster than morning to be back in his cottage before the sun came up.
lovely cadences and mental images :>) the illustrations by Bee Willey are wonderful too. If you have any young children to buy for - rush out and buy it!
Another useful and generous resource is the blog/work of Lynne Chapman. She discusses work in progress, ideas, research, methods. the practical side of commissions and deadlines etc A fascinating insight.