‘Gerald Needs A Friend’, is a story about Gerald the guinea pig, who lives alone tending to his garden every day. He loves his small world but feels that something is missing; something beyond the homely bubble that he’s created. When Gerald meets two mysterious mice, Marcy and Marcel, his life begins to change!
The idea for the story actually began with the mice, Marcy and Marcel, and originally I wrote it from their perspective. However Frances Lincoln really liked Gerald’s character and we realised there was potential to make it his story instead. After a redraft, the story felt richer and more fulfilling.
Next, I’ll print out the digital rough and pencil over it on the light box. Once the pencil drawing is done, I scan it at 600dpi and colour it up in photoshop. This is a fairly simple process where I only have a flat colour layer and a layer each for shadows and highlights.