Boy's busy day

Yesterday I was working on this little boy's story for the whole day. A publisher has sent me a text some time ago and has told me to try if I fit. Here's my try :)

 Here's the boy and small sketches of illustrations. I liked the idea of him wearing dungarees but it was clearly stated that he had a red sweater on top. Shame :3

 The boy in a sweater. Looks quite cute ^^ You can also see a bigger sketch of the first illustration where he is sleeping and holding his dream by its tail.

 Sketches for the next illustration - the boy is having a bubble bath and playing with a sponge frog and a plastic turtle. It's hard to draw a frog in a different way than the obvious one.

 Final sketches of two first illustrations. 

And here's the third illustration - the boy is holding his mum when she brings him to a kindergarten. I liked the first idea of boy "spreading" across two pages but I was quite sure that, considering publishing rules, the main character should not be not-facing the viewer and should not be on the pages' bend. 

 Final outline of the first illustration. It will stay on the illustration. However, I was not making FINAL illustration - it's only a try to illustrate the story and what I needed was sth that will show the publisher my idea. So if I were to make this book I would make everything once more and looking more fancy and swirly :D

 Second illustration - I have an idea for a better composition in it with the boy being much closer. But this one isn't that bad, is it? 

 The last one. Very simple. I think that the story would have few small illustrations on white pages - like this one and maybe more smaller ones.

And here are finished (but not FINAL) illustrations:

My youngest sister likes them a lot so I think they are initially approved :D



Bicycle - Illustration Friday

Didn't quite manage to do it on time..
*But it's because of the Easter just being in the way!*
Yeah, right :]

Hamsters love to ride on bicycles. Not so long ago I had a hamster named Fryderyk (you can see him here and here) and he loved those slow rides on a bicycle through our city park :) And what he enjoyed the most was riding across puddles with his legs up so they won't get wet. Just like me when I was little!

Does your hamster like to ride a bicycle too? :)



Cultivate - Illustration Friday

Sometime ago my Love bought me an orchid. A beautiful white one (that was the point I fell in love with white flowers). It always stays just next to my screen and I like to watch it grow. It's a very thankful flower - not much work is needed to get incredible flowers looking like taken out from a Japanese etching.

It's quite weird I haven't named this flower yet...


From my sketchbook #1

I think I have not shown some of the sketches I've made recently and ideas I have had. I love to use my sketchbook all the time so maybe I should systematically show you what new appeared in it :)

 My cat :) I would love to draw her more often but she always sleeps in the same position..

 Two ideas I've done for a publisher some time ago. But it wasn't the thing they were looking for. Well, you can't be the right person for everything ;)

 Sketches for commissioned ACEOs.
 First book cover concept. I wanted to leave space for the title and all that text that usually is on covers but the publisher said it's not necessary. So the idea changed only a bit, but the whole background was also to be done.

And few ideas I will probably use someday :)


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