20.4.14

men ikke i dag

Quite a few months ago I illustrated my first children's book. It's written by Kim Fupz Aakeson and published by Gyldendal. It just got published a little over a week ago in Danish. The title translated is: ''But Not Today'', and is about a little girl who's dog is died. She finds a way down to the land of the dead, brings him back, but it's not at all the same as before. It's about understanding and accepting death.


I have a lot of sketches and tests, but I'll post them below the illustrations. Here's the final pages, without the text:


And to the sketches. First off, I had to choose which type of dog she should have.


Then I had to figure out how the girl should look.


Then I made some different coloring tests. 
The first two are with watercolor and colored pencils. I liked the authentic feel, but I wouldn't know how to do an entire illustration like this, with the backgrounds and everything. Or perhaps I merely wussed out. The lack of control still gets me all sweaty and annoyed.


Here's are some with a more digital approach. They were fun to do, but I found them a little too distant and stylized for this story.


Here's another watercolor test, this time a little rougher.


Here's the first initial sketch of how the dead people and animals could look.


Here I thought I had found a balance between the digital and the analog feel.


So I tried it out on the first illustration of the book. It just didn't feel right. I went back to testing again.


In the end I figured that I needed both the flexibility of digital coloring and the authentic and feel of the hand drawn. I ended up cutting out all the characters and elements in paper, something I've never done before. Then I drew on them in pencil and scanned them with a black background so they were easily separated. And that's pretty much how I did all the final illustrations as well.


Oh, and a final thing, I did a pattern for the endpapers.



13.4.14

drawings

A few new drawings.


A very small grayscale illustration for the NYTimes. The first seven are sketches and the eighth is the final in gouache.


18.3.14

silence and more

A short comic for Nobrow's 9th magazine.

A spot color example.

 
The subtle character design.


A beautiful and elegant birthday card.


A revisit to an old character design.


Some faces.


Two fellas.