Hooray, the paintings for my picture book are complete! Here is a sneak peek at some of the spreads from The World Afloat. The next couple of weeks will be spent on digital clean-up and book layout. It will all be off to the printer by the end of October.
I used Adobe Kuler to develop the colour schemes for The World Afloat; an exercise to reign-in my muddy palette and develop mood through colour. It will be a relief to pack away the tubes of teal grey, gold oxide and yellow ochre. My focus over the next few weeks will be monochromatic pen and ink drawings for my next major project – a pair of hand-bound short stories, one set in the Middle East and the other in Antarctica. The illustrations will more mature in style than The World Afloat. I definitely need a break from yellow raincoats, blimps and cities on stilts.