This is a story I came up with some time last year about 3 friends that find a pair of sneakers that have some interesting qualities. I've been working on it off and on as a "just for fun project". So it's slowly growing as an idea and story. I'm play with simplifying characters, playing with composition, and storytelling.
This story started because I had this thought about what if the opening of a book is just the characters legs? The spread below is pretty much the visual of that thought. Where are they going? Where did they come from? Who are they? I just love the mystery behind this illustration. Does this make you curious about the characters? Does this make you want to know more.
I'm thinking the more we move through the story we'll see more and more of the characters... so we really get to know them and care about them and their friendship.
Title shift, I've never really had too hard of a time coming up with titles but this story took some time to even come up with a working title. I settled on "The Box" but I just started thinking about (if you're a sneaker head) that the most exclusive sneakers usually release on Saturday morning so I thought hey, Saturday Morning could be the title maybe the kids find the sneakers Saturday morning! :)
This is a page that got cut from my latest book dummy. I really love all the animals around Kayla, our main character, but unfortunately this page didn't really help push the story forward. BUT now I get to use it to figure out the look of this story and it's getting me super excited! :)
New version of Mateo. I liked the idea of making him chubby kind of like Russell from the movie UP! I'm still figuring out these characters but I think their story is coming together!
Working in new-ish character design for Kayla in my story "Paper Notes" I'm not sure what direction I want to take the art yet but trying to work it out....
I used to have this dream where I would fall down this deep hole, almost like Alice, in Alice in Wonderland. (kinda funny that my middle name is Alice...) But I would have this dream almost every night for weeks and I never knew why but then one day it stopped...I don't know the other day I was just thinking about that dream and decided to illustrate it...
The Art of Play