Want to know more about character, composition and colour?
Read on to find out how illustrator Melissa Castrillón approached these key areas in her debut picture book, Mighty Min, which published this May with Alison Green Books.
Originally the book was going to be called Small & Mighty and Min looked a lot different – more Pippi Longstocking with crazy, curly hair. But slowly through very rough sketches she evolved….
Her hair evolved with her movements and it helped having those pigtails to emphasise her movements.
Two classic ways I do this are, NUMBER 1- Designing the imagery AROUND the text, like in this image.
And NUMBER 2, is designing the imagery to hold the text with in it. This often works well when it’s within the negative space of an object, animal or thing. For these two spreads (both featured in the book) I designed the owl and cat to hold the text within the shape of their bodies. I love it when this technique of text and image intermingling works well.
The fluidity of shapes really helps to do this, and having so much foliage in this book made the job a lot easier.
I LOVE a negative space, you can never get enough of them :)
So the next stage was to pick the exact Pantones for the book as my book was going to be printed in spot colour instead of CMYK.