Daddy's Cheeky Monkey

Building a picture: see an illustration coming together for Daddy’s Cheeky Monkey

 

I decided to use a warm, brown, coloured background for the illustrations, with loose black pencil outlines for the characters. The people would not need to be ‘coloured in’, and therefore their skin colour could be interpreted by the reader.

I worked smaller than print size with my pencil work, and blew my drawings up in Photoshop to accentuate the graininess and imperfections in the lines. I tried to use as few lines as possible, as I wanted the book to have a simple feel about it.

 

I added a little subtle shading, to model the characters’ limbs, faces and bodies, but essentially the illustrations of the toddler and his dad read as outline drawings. Using bright chalk pastel colours for their clothes, I tried to keep a spontaneity to my drawing to keep it loose and alive.

Some radiating chalk pastel ‘sunshine’ added warmth to the image and linked the two characters together, visually. The illustration was finished!

 

Here is the illustration, in the printed book. The textural qualities of the chalk pastel suited a matte paper finish, and the paper stock was chosen accordingly.

And here’s the same illustration, this time on the cover. I like the way the book designer followed the curves of my linework with her type, and added varying sizes of polka dots, picking out the colours in the picture.

And here’s the same illustration, this time on the cover. I like the way the book designer followed the curves of my linework with her type, and added varying sizes of polka dots, picking out the colours in the picture.

Author and illustrator notes for DADDY'S CHEEKY MONKEY