A while back I made a book dummy for a children’s lullaby and recently revisited the idea. At first I thought of the mentioned “Storm-king” as an actual physical king of sorts that brings the night on his wings. While I personally like the idea of a giant eagle-like bird swooping over the land, it also might be a touch terrifying for the intended audience. I feel like I always start things out a bit dark…
A suggestion was made to focus simply on the coming of night. Below are a few thumbnails of 2 page spreads. I didn’t really pay attention to the gutter or word placement yet. At this point I just wanted to get a visual narrative going that follows the text of the story, but also adds to it. Working in sequence / series is something I do not do enough of. Here I’m focusing on three animal parent and child pairs reuniting and going to sleep. I tried to make smooth transitions between each. This idea may or may not work. I plan on paying close attention to light, and have less and less of it as the book goes on. It’d be great to work on this over the next year or so and see how far it could go.
A long overdue present for an old friend. Mixed media. These are her pets and a few other of her favorite things: a good plaid (or tartan, if you prefer) and dessert.
Here’s a quick sketch of Brody, the big yellow dog sans crown, in gouache.