My Sunbeam Baby
From sketches at sunrise to the printed page: see some of the illustrations in progress for My Sunbeam Baby
I used every art material under the sun to make the artwork for My Sunbeam Baby — well, nearly! Here you can see a few: acrylic paints, watercolours, potato printing, chopsticks, leaf printing, chalk pastels, foam dabbers, inks, cardboard, wax crayons, sponging, rubber stamps...
I had a lot of fun making patterns and shapes in all sorts of ways. Photoshop helped me bring them all together, as a digital collage.
To add colour and texture to the letters of the title, I supplied the designer Hazel Lam with an image taken from the centre of the orange and pink sun on page five of the book. I like the way the mottled colour breaks up and in places seems to dissolve the forms of the type — almost as if one is looking into the sun!