Back early in the year, I was commissioned by local author Brad Chapin to illustrate a children’s book that he had written. Since I had never illustrated a book before, it was quite a learning process. It was about creating artwork that instead of being the central focus, steps back to support the text. Leaving large blank spots in each piece to accommodate future placement of the text was a new way of doing things! There was a lot of collaboration and planning and throwing out ideas. One of my favorite parts was hiding keys, and the word hope on each of the pages. I can’t wait to sit down with my grandkids and find all the keys! The illustrations are done in mixed media, using a lot of Citra Solv altered papers, and Derwent Inktense pencils. Forty or so illustrations later, it was completed and sent off to the publisher. I am eagerly awaiting getting my hands on the final copy, now available here.
All in all it was a fun learning experience and Brad was a great author to work with.
Learn more about Brad Chapin and his work here.
My most used materials for this project: