Following on from my previous post....
The second spread in our board book was to include a whimsical character and be based on a childhood trauma and our page needed to be the opposite of said trauma. Fortunately I didn't experience any (as far as I can remember) and so my spread was to be based on a happy memory instead.
Rather than focusing on anything in particular (this was the hardest part, deciding what to do!), I used lyrics of the first pop songs I can remember hearing as a child. Namely, and I've included links on YouTube so I can go and listen to them again whenever I feel like it!
Grocer Jack by Keith West - Excerpt from a teenage opera (1967)
Little Boxes by Pete Seeger (1963)
Little Arrows by Leapy Lee (1968)
My page included two whimsical characters - one is me and the other my best friend, my Mum! This wasn't a conscious decision, I did one and then another and it just looks right. They were painted onto watercolour paper, cut out and glued onto the background.
My characters aren't perfect - even though I've now got some of the 'proper' crayons! It really isn't as easy as Tam makes it looks - I guess I'm not a natural at this, but I'm going to have a lot of fun practicing I think.
Here's some close ups - I must be mad!
|What a funny mouth - and it looks as though I have a bad case of dandruff - it's supposed to be shine! Why have I got talcum powder on my forehead and down my nose - hehehe!!|
She's much prettier! Beautiful green eyes, but still a bit of dandruff!
I enjoyed doing the background. Book text, water soluble crayons, white acrylic paint, more crayons, rubber stamping, printed text coloured with the crayons, more white acrylic paint and rubber stamping.
I know I haven't quite got the whole 'cohesive' thing absolutely right yet and I was rather heavy handed with the shadowing around the characters.
I do still like the finished pages though, and as I said before it's all a learning process and we learn by our mistakes after all. The main thing is I'm enjoying the process - it's a lot of fun!
Thank you again Tam - wonder what's next!