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Friday, 23 November 2012

Here's one I did earlier.....

Hello again blog friends, I would like to thank all of you that commented on my last post, it was quite a moment for me, and I appreciate what you all said.
 I'm back again with the book :) Just thought you might like a sneaky peak into the inner workings of my book illustrating antics? I managed to snap some photos of my work in progress as I was nearing the end of the book illustrations. I'll try and flip between now and then to show you some of the differences that took place. It really is all in the pictures, so here goes.
My first artwork for front and back covers.
Actual front cover ended up being this lovely lilac, and I love the typeface for the title.

Sweet little bear on the back cover.
 One of the most funny pages to do was of the Big bear yawning. I practised this pose in the mirror,not that I look like a bear?? But it was tricky to make the bear look friendly, without teeth, and without looking fierce. I actually had everyone in the house yawning, to try and get this looking right. Yawns are quite infectious when you try this!! It was funny. I did eventually find an image of a bear yawning and adapted this as best I could.
A well practised pose, makes you quite sleepy!
On the actual book the colour is slightly darker.

The same thing happened with the stretching pose, but the arms were specifically asked to be curved around the head, as you can see.I'm finding this quite fascinating now, comparing the two images, although I do think my photos are more yellow than they actually were. The backgrounds I did were left white, so that the different colours could be dropped in. Each of the pages I illustrated was about A3 in size, so quite big! It was a bit of a shock to my system working at this size, as I don't usually work any larger than A4. Fortunately pastel covers quite quickly, although it was hard work and my fingerprints did literally wear down as they were my tools for blending most of the time!
I hope you've enjoyed this little insight. I will be back soon with another topic. It's been very exciting this 'Book' moment for me. Still can't believe it. Bye for now, see you all soon.


  1. Julie, What an amazing job you have done; that’s just the cutest bear i wish i could see how you did his wonderful fur, what a beautiful work!
    x sandra

  2. I am just catching up with your blog, many many congratulations with the book!!! I am so thrilled for you . Thanks also for entering my blog giveaway, sorry you did not win but thanks anyway and also for the book artist info.

  3. Yep, dl is a measurement - there´s lots of conversions online if needed but you could also do the same recipe with cups instead, it´s not that big of a difference (and a tablespoon is a tablespoon everywhere I think, haha!). :-)

  4. oh Julie, they are so cute. I love your bears, so sweet.


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