A page from a book i’m commissioned to work on. It’s a mother and child picture book. Looks and sounds simple enough, yeah right! But this post illustrates the design and careful thought into making just page one. Created using the procreate paint app and Indesign CS.
These are thumbnails for page one. It’s all about designing the illustration and text together. I end up taking the thumbnail, top of the third.
A post of the characters of page one and so forth. Paige had to be cute and appealing with curves. Her dress had to be simple, so i choose a summer dress. She and her son Sergi are of Latino heritage. To illustrate the bird, i choose a cardinal. I only saw this bird once in my life and i like the look and shape of the bird.
The final art! The drawing is strong, nice silhouettes of the characters. The composition is fine and i like the positive and negative shapes. Lots of color harmony and the spilt complementary work well together. Satisfied with the expressions on both Paige and Sergi. Especially Sergi’s filled with surprise and wonderment.
I painted textures on the characters and tree to make them look interesting and not flat looking. I purposely let my drawing show through, just so your eyes can follow the shapes. I really love Paige’s animal printed dress. For the font, i choose Times New Roman, going for legibility here.