Since I wrote my last blog, I’ve received an email from Manor Green School with a better picture of the hanging mural. So here it is once again, so everybody can see what we did together. Penguins on parade!
I was quite nervous, because it was the first time I was presenting my sketches for the book and was worried about what everybody would say.
I really enjoyed sketching the book. Nicola’s text is great and it’s full of interesting facts. Very inspirational, so doing the research and painting the animals was real fun.
The meeting was great. We all worked very hard, trying to choose the best pictures and make the best selection of animals (not every picture and animal will fit in to the book unfortunately).
At the end we had almost finished the lay outs for the book. It was going much better than anybody thought it will. Yes, there is still lots to do, but there are already some pages on which I can start working.
Painting small colour sketches is relatively easy, but now I will have to do a good pencil study of each animal, because Nicola wouldn’t let me get away with any mistakes. She’s already noticed that I can’t draw whales properly and I don’t know how an anemone looks. I even did a terrible mistake of calling an anemone a plant! It’s something you should never do in front of a biologist. Anemone is an animal of course. I tried to correct myself quickly, but I still got a stare.
This is actually what I’m looking forward to as well. To learn more about the animals. Nicola knows practically everything and it’s interesting to listen to her.
I was also sketching some ideas for board books. I got a bit stuck, so I decided to do a bit of painting instead. Here is painting of a big puffin. This picture is inspired by a drawing done by a little girl called Flo. I’ve already painted it once, but this painting is going to be even bigger. It’s not finished!