Illustrating a Kid’s Book

When our first grandchild was born (M), I did a book for her full of photographs and rhyming words, all about her first day in the world.  It was kinda awesome.

Naturally, I intended to do something similar for our 2nd grandchild (P).  Well, P is 5 now, so that shipped has sailed….  I’ve decided to do a book for her, with the theme being all the imagined adventures she goes on in a single day.  I’ll use 300 lb watercolor paper, acrylics, and since I can’t do realistic portraits, photos of her face incorporated into the art.

I started today, and have only just realized what an undertaking this will be.  I don’t do a lot of figures when I sketch; I don’t do cartooning; I don’t know how to develop a character so that it’s consistent in more then one drawing.  YIKES!!!!

I copied a few figures from the ‘net, and have decided that the figure will be long and thin, with gangly arms and legs, and the head will be disproportionately large.

Here’s a sample of what I’m going for by adding her adorable little face.

I’m HOPING that I’ll be able to add the face to the figure with clear Matte Medium without all the colored ink smearing, but I don’t feel particularly confident that it’ll work.

We’ll see………………

By the way, she doesn’t have gunk all over her chin, the picture got wet and the ink smudged…..

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6 Responses to Illustrating a Kid’s Book

  1. Jen says:

    What a cool idea. She will love it.

  2. The favorite one says:

    You are such a great Grandma and she is one lucky kid. It’s a great idea!!!!!!!

  3. Maureen says:

    What a great idea. She’ll love it.

  4. L says:

    You are an awesome G Ma 🙂

  5. Jo says:

    Excellent project! Can’t wait to see the end result 🙂

  6. Suz says:

    Hey I love the idea !! Looking forward to it !! 🙂

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