Without giving too much away, my wife and I are creating a children’s book. She’s handling the writing, and of course, I’m doing the illustrations. It’s still early, but I really like what we have so far and it’s coming together nicely.
The one thing I struggle with is seeing the art in other children’s books. I can’t help but feel like I need to further refine and explore other styles that are outside of my wheelhouse. I generally stick with cartoons because it’s what I know. Should I challenge myself and try something different for my first book or just keep on keeping on?
Here’s some characters I have so far.
I spent some time thinking about what animal should be the protagonist. Ultimately, I landed on a guinea pig because his size would work well with the other animals.
I know I really wanted a hip hop hippo, and it only felt natural to put him in a Run DMC tracksuit and hat.
The bear band is a big one for me. I wanted this rock and roll group to encompass more than one species of bear and more than one genre. I think it worked out well.
The heavy metal bear was a little more intense in previous versions, so I pared back just enough to make him friendly yet still metal. A panda bear was the perfect choice.
Tell me what you think!