Wally and the Whatifs
Illustrate a children's book that teaches kids to ignore their worries and fears
Original Illustration Style
The author had originally found an illustrator who created the following sketch
Unfortunately, the original illustrator was not able to complete the project. Knowing that the author has already experienced some difficulties, I was extra motivated to work on the book. I knew that the original drawing wasn't a style that I could replicate and I had never illustrated a book before.
To kick off the project, I created an art direction deck for Amanda. It covered colors, styles, etc. to give her an idea of the direction I was headed. I drew up some quick sketches of what I imagined the main characters to look like. Luckily the author was on-board from the very beginning and approved the entire deck.
I started every illustration in pencil. Once I was comfortable with a sketch, I traced in it black marker. I then brought each illustration in to Photoshop where I digitized the sketch and added color. The process was very time consuming but extremely fun. Once I had a good drawing of each character, I was able to copy and paste them and change simple features like facial expressions and body language.
Once I had all of the illustrations completed, I flew to Minneapolis and had a workshop with my family of artists who helped me make some finishing touches before we sent the book off to get printed.
This book led me to illustrate a second book! The author was thrilled and the book continues to sell today on Amazon.