Category Archives: Pete and the Enchanted Book

Rendering the final illustrations

I received the finalised text to my picture book “Pete and the enchanted book” a few weeks ago, and I’ve been busy rendering the final illustrations with the hope of having everything completed in a month or so. I’ve been somewhat slowed down by the fact that the pictures look a lot darker in print than they do on the computer screen, but I think I may have resolved the discrepancy, so here’s hoping I’ll finish it all very soon 😊

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Anna wants to play!

Even though Anna has a very minute role in my latest picture book, she’s becoming my favourite character!

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A witch, by an old footbridge!

Been working on the nature  (grass, trees etc.) on this illustration and it’s coming along nicely.

boy meets witch

boy meets witch

Hair Gone Wild!

Blender does not always play nicely. For some strange reason it decided my little character was having a bad hair day 🙂

Hair Gone wild

Not Tuesday 🙂

 

Lighting & colour

Lighting is something that I’ve been paying more attention to when illustrating my latest picture book. And lately, I’ve also been reading about colour schemes and colour theory.

I’m reworking some of my illustrations from my book to employ what I’ve learnt in the last few weeks. The idea is to go back and recolour and re do the lightning to improve the illustrations.

Below are two pics that I’ve been working on this month (click to view whole image).

Getting somewhere (slowly).

It’s been almost three years since I started working on my book “Pete and the Enchanted Book”. And it was only today that it hit me – I’m actually getting somewhere. Writing and illustrating a picture book is such a humongous project that getting to the end is not something I care to think about because the end always feels so far away.

But today I realised that I’ve reached an important milestone. The drafts for most illustrations are done. I still have loads of work left – but we’re talking months not years now. Not even a year! Now that put a smile on my face.

Anyway, here’s the latest illustration that I completed this evening.

Pete and the enchanted book

Pete and the enchanted book

 

A witch’s enchanted book

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Work in progress! After a three months break I am slowly getting back to working on my picture book; “Pete and the enchanted book.” So… watch this space 🙂

Boy meets witch

Pete meets Willisa the witch for the first time. Work in progress…

Pete and the enchanted book test scene 3.jpg

Friday group hug!

because hugs are lovely and it’s Friday folks! 🙂

group hug

Character Design; Pete

Pete characterDesign

Designing a grumpy, spoiled little kid called Pete. So this is what the main character in my new picture book will look like. Maybe I make a few minor modifications before I complete the design, but it’s more or less finished now… phew!

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