Winners of the Kollie Books Giveaway

So here they are, announcing them right before I hop on the train down to Italy, the winners of the double giveaway.
A copy of "Kollie in de creche" will go to ... Elisa Ferreira!
And a copy of "Kollie op de fiets" goes to ... Lori Meyers!

Please get in touch via email and send me your addresses so I can send the books off to you as soon as I return from the Bologna Book Fair!

Preparing for the Bologna Book Fair 2013

Just a couple of days and the Bologna Book Fair is upon us once again. I am all set. I have my postcards printed and also my business cards, my portfolio is updated, both the printed and my online one and I have booked a room and my train down to Italy, not to mention the meetings I have scheduled.

All this has been taken care of over the last couple of weeks while also working away on commissions. I very much look forward to the fair: To meeting fellow artists and clients and being inspired by all the lovely books I will see on display there.
Here are just a few photos of my postcards and the portfolio I am to take with me. Have a great fair everyone! I hope to be back with lost of things to share  - impressions and inspiration!

If you are also in Bologna and would like to meet for a gelato and a chat, drop me a line!

And don't forget to enter my giveaway! There is still a little time to win a copy of either "Kollie in de creche" or "Kollie op de fiets"!

Kollie Books Giveaway

I have been postponing this blog post far too long, but life and work kept me too busy to get it done. But here I am on this rainy Sunday afternoon finally taking the time and typing away.
Yes, I am about to give away a copy of "Kollie op the fiets" and a copy of "Kollie in de creche", both in Dutch and published by Clavis.

But before we get down to the giveaway business, I would like to share a bit of the process of the illustrations with you. As mentioned in my previous post about how I was commissioned with the books, I had very little time to get them both done. All in all I think it was merely 8 weeks for both from draft to finished artwork. But I made it and am even happy with the outcome.

The best part of this commission was getting to draw animal characters. I had a lot of fun thinking up what the different characters could be. And to enhance the fun all these animals should and could be from around the globe. Kollie is the main character and a tiny koala, this was already settled in the brief. But I got to come up with what all the other tiny animals could be. So I made Kollie's best friend a monkey.
I sketched the books and send the sketches in for feedback. Revisions were minimal so I could almost directly start on the final art. To safe time I skipped the storyboard and did the full size sketches right away. Here are just a few sketches with English text. As I do not speak Dutch, the publisher translated it for me, although the books are not published in English so far but will also be available in French and Danish soon.

Roughs for "Kollie in de creche"
For the final illustrations I wanted a look not too digital but also soft and bright in colors. So I created lots of watercolor textures and scanned them in to use them as my flat colorshapes I would then add shading to give the objects a more three-dimensional look and create some more depth if needed. The advantage of using scanned in textures of watercolor or whatever other medium is, that the illustrations get a nice handmade touch and feel to them and it also accelerated my drawing speed. As creating a similar effect without using textures takes a lot more time and seems impossible to me, but maybe this is just me.

Process of creating the final art for "Kollie in de creche"
Final art from "Kollie in de creche"
I ploughed away on the final art and voila, here we go with your chance of winning a copy of either "Kollie in de creche" or "Kollie op the fiets".
You can only win one book, which means I will pick two winners randomly at the end. All you have to do to be counted in is:
1. leave a comment here on my blog or on my Facebook page.
2. If you want to double your chances you can also share the following tweet: I just entered the Kollie books giveaway on @mariabogade 's blog!

The winners will be announced 24th March 2013 (just before I leave for Bologna). Good luck!

"Kollie op de fiets" published by Clavis

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