Book Giveaway Getting Dressed

In order to celebrate the release of Getting Dressed I thought a giveaway would be nice. I've already told you about the little educational book I illustrated for Harper Collins and in order not to repeat myself thought I share some sort of work in progress with you.

Apart from the initial sketches done with pencil this is an all digitally illustrated book. As I have no real progress pictures of how I paint it to share with you, I thought it might be nice to show some sketches and let you see the way some illustrations of the book changed in the course of creating it.
For instance the illustration when the girl is dressed and jumps outside in the rain had do be revised. The editors wanted to show her more from the front and to have a connection to the house she just came out of. So I redid the sketch and voilá! I think it is much better and connects far better to the previous illustrations in the book.

Another illustration I had to revise was the cover. Although the editors loved the energy in the first rough they felt it needed more background and she wasn't supposed to wear things the wrong way. I did another one, but in the meantime had started illustrating the first pages of the book, as the deadline was pretty tight. The editors loved the illustration of her room so much they wanted to have it for the cover aswell. Also the girl shouldn't have put on too many clothes. So the final cover ended up being her room with the girl dancing in her tights and vest.

Back to the giveaway. In order to win a copy you can either leave a comment here and follow my blog or like my facebook page. If you do both you double your chances of winning ;-). If you would like to by your own copy, you can get it right here! Please do not forget to leave an email adress, so I can get in touch in case you win! The winner will be announced 5th October 2011.

Illustration for the Frankfurt Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition 2011 (if "boundaries)

As promised earlier today here comes the illustration I did for the exhibition at the Frankfurt Book Fair this October. I heard about the exhibition quite last minute and as all artwork has to be handed in 15th September I used the weekend to get it done.
The exhibition is organized by the illustration foundation and is held during the whole time of the fair at the "Illustrators Corner" in hall 4.0. All the illustrations showcased will be for sale and half of the money will go to the illustration foundation. It is the first exhibition of that sort at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The theme of the exhibition is "childhood" and the organizers gave around 60 or something quotes and aphorism to go with the theme one could create an illustration to.
I chose a Marcel Proust quote stating (sorry for my lack of giving a proper translation): "Maybe the days lived most intense of all days of our childhood, are the ones we thought we wasted: the ones we spend reading our favourite book".
As I am a great fan of books this had to be my quote. I also had the idea for the girl reading secretly at night under her blanket straight away. She obviously enjoys her book very much and so do her companions. It is again a watercolour painting which I enjoyed doing a lot after just finishing my book, which was illustrated all digital (I will tell you more about this when it is released early next year).

HarperCollins "Getting Dressed" - New Book Released

I have some new work to share with you all. The book I illustrated earlier this year for HarperCollins educational series Big Cat "Getting Dressed" has been released.
It is a small book that shows children how to dress according to the changing wheather outside.
I illustrated this book in my digital style. As the deadline was pretty tight I only had three weeks to do all of the final illustrations. I really had to work out a schedule in order to meet the deadline and also deliver high quality artwork. I met the deadline and the client was very happy with the results. So all good in the end!

I had lots of artistc freedom with this project, which I enjoyed very much. The brief was very open and they sort of handed the manuscript to me telling me to just leap ahead. The character I designed for the book was approved straight away. I had to revise some of my roughs, mostly because another background was wanted in one of the illustrations and they wanted to have a few more frontal views of the girl.
The colour scheme is rather girlish especially in her room, which I don't do so much but had lots of fun playing around with. So here are some illustrations from the book, I hope you enjoy it!

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