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.
Talee and the Fallen Object early reader chapter book
I hope you had a great weekend. I went walking at Lake Lanier this weekend and had a great (almost) 4 mile walk. It took us a while to get around, but we were in no rush and stopped along the way to see the sites. Trees, trails and of course the lake.
Since I had a Talee book and stickers with me I thought it would be fun for Talee to go on the hike with me. Here are some of the photos from out journey.
Just had a fun morning and a great 5K Walk at the Ice Cream Festival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta with my daughter and friends. Stopped by Fancy’s Face And Body Art booth and got a nice arm painting of Talee done. Thanks Frances “Fancy”Muslar! And brought a Banna Pudding in a jar from Cook Me Up A Notch. It’s for my husband… not about to eat up the calories I just burned. 😆
For now on, when I go to festival, I want a arm painting of Talee to help advertise.