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Illustrating a Children’s Book

I Started illustrating a new children’s book recently. This is the story of Bug & Teddy. They get up to all kinds of adventure and I’m finding it fun to create these illustrations. This is the first of many beautiful images that you will find in my upcoming children’s book “Bug & Teddy’s Adventure”, based on the antics of my very own daughter and her best friend Teddy.

Bug and Teddy were inseparable growing up. They went everywhere together and got into all kinds of mischief. She loved him dearly and still has that bond even though she is grown and off to college. I raised my daughter as a single mom so Teddy took on the responsibility of looking out for us. He died when he met the business end of an angry dog and we have missed him ever since. So this is a book, and possibly a series of books, done as a tribute to Teddy and a gift to my daughter. This way, Teddy will always be with her.

Although I have illustrated children’s books in the past, this will be the first one that I have attempted. I will share each new illustration as I create them if you’re interested in watching my progress.

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If you are interested in commissioning me for your children’s book illustration, I’d love to hear about your book and discuss your project with you. Have a look at my services and illustration examples and then contact me and I can create a custom quote just for you.

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My Recent Children’s Illustration

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Try-Out For an Illustrated Recipe Book

I illustrated this scene in about 12 hours with most of my emphasis going to the shaggy dog. This was a tryout for an illustrator position for a children’s book author. Unfortunately I hadn’t looked at the accompanying instructions and missed the mark entirely with the design. I had to start over and did a rush job in eight hours with the illustration below following the design requirements this time. I suppose that will teach me to go back and review before I start next time 🙂

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These girls are my first round of character paintings for Stuart Harper’s new book “The Lost and the Drowned” due to be published sometime this winter. Its a Young Adult Dark Victorian story about a pair of orphan sisters up against an otherworldly force. I enjoyed reading it and was excited to be working with Stuart again. I illustrated the cover of “Death on the Empress” for him last year.

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In an alternate Britain, where airships rule the skies, fourteen year old Oliver has started his dream job; travelling the world in the largest airship ever built. But when a priceless jewel is stolen, a passenger plummets to their death and an ancient curse strikes the ship, everyone onboard is thrown into mortal danger. But is there more going on than meets the eye? Only Oliver can solve the deadly mystery on board The Empress.

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I am going to redraw and paint the new characters for the upcoming book because the didn’t turn out the way I envisioned them.

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Here is a character i designed that is featured on a map for a book by Angela Ford. This was a fun character to draw.

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