I was approached a few months ago by a non-profit to create sample images for a children’s book. The director of the non-profit believed that my work would bring a more mature look to a children’s book, making it less traditional.
I do not see myself as an illustrator for children’s book, but am open to trying something new. Sadly, I was not chosen but I love the images I created and wish to share them with you.
There were a few moments in the story where the main character, while in bed, tells all of his fears to his stuffed monkey, Somo. I thought that this was really a nice charming moment in the story to paint.
At the climax of the story, David calls his mom to tell her that something went wrong at his friends house and his friends sister and he were alone and needed her. So, they went to the Library to wait for his mom to show up to tell her what happened.
I wanted to make a more open spread so the art could breath. And, I wanted space for the type.
I was most excited by the possibility of interpreting the story. I wanted the characters to have different ethnicities where a child of any background could save the day.
After this experience I can see myself as an illustrator of children’s books and would say yes without hesitation if approached again.