Talee is my first early reader book character. She is a fun loving eight-year-old who adores adventures. She loves to read about her favorite explorer, Captain Jewel, and hopes to one day be a great explorer herself. Because of her love for exploring, she explores her home planet, Gala, whenever possible and takes her friends Cora and Nola with her.
Talee’s stories were initially going to be coloring book adventures, which is why all the illustrations in the first early reader book are color book style illustrations that kids can color. I wanted to keep a bit of the original idea in the book. Of course, now I’m working on the 2nd edition of the book and all the illustrations will be in color and this illustration will be one of them.
I started working on a set of memory cards awhile back since I have so many illustrations from the Talee and the Fallen Object Coloring Book Adventure to choose from. I thought it would be a fun way for kids to engage with the story as well as work on their memory skills. I know I used to love playing memory when I was younger.
The illustrations are the same illustrations from the coloring book, except of course I colored them in and changed some of the elements to make the image easier to read on a 2×2 card (You can see the differences in one of the illustration below). I also add some shading to help Talee stand out more in the illustrations. At first I was planning to leave the illustration flat with no shading or changes from the coloring book, but after printing them out I think they could use a some shading to give the scene more depth. If you look at the photo on the upper left you can see the illustration with Talee on the bed is easier to read and maybe even easier to remember then the others. And since Talee is going to be a lot smaller on the 2×2 card I also need her to have just a little more pop. To help with this I think once all the illustrations are done I’m going to go back and add an overlay layer just on her to brighten her up and to give the illustrations continuity. It will help pull her forward in the illustration and give the background some depth.
How is your summer going? Mine is going good. My kids are out of school and we have a lot planned this summer. My daughter went to robot camp for the first time and had a blast. On the last two days they had a bot battle. She won. 🙂 Her bot is the big square one. They tried to gain up on her and push her off the battle zone but it didn’t work. That’s my girl!
While she was at camp I took that time to sketch. The camp was an hour away so no need to go home only to have to turn around go pick her up.
I mostly worked on some stuff I needed to practice, like hands and etc. I also worked on some of the sketches for the update of Talee and the Fallen Object book. I want to republish it with color illustrations. So, if you already have the ebook look for the update in the coming weeks. But of course, I’ll let you know when the update is available.
Here some sketches I’ve done recently. Which are more fun to do than book illustrations some times … 🙂 but don’t tell any one.
I’m also working on some background illustrations for my new book. I’m filling in the background and etc with house and trees to make it look more grand… I guess that’s the word.