November 3rd sees the release of Big Bob, Little Bob, a lovely little picture book published by Candlewick Press that's all about being true to yourself and forging friendships despite your differences. This is one project that has been a long time in the making, so to celebrate its publication we thought we'd share some early designs by illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.
Way back in 2013, Laura created this sample piece for Candlewick for an upcoming text by James Howe. Interestingly, the characters changed very little from their original design, as you can see from one of these early spreads below:
One spread that sadly didn't make the cut. Little Bob's mother was eventually taken out completely, with the decision to focus purely on the children characters. Both dads were also lost fairly early on as well!
We finish with a spread that nicely shows the progression from initial sketches to final colour artwork...
BIG BOB, LITTLE BOB. Text copyright © 2016 by James Howe. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Laura Ellen Anderson. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA
As a former Falmouth student it's always nice to get a visit from the latest crop of third years. It's a pleasure to put the kettle on, take a look through the portfolios of emerging talent, and (hopefully!) impart some advice about working in the industry.
It was on one such visit that we were introduced to Katie's work and immediately felt she would fit right in at Pickled ink. We fell in love with her gorgeous colour palette, atmospheric images and exciting narrative ideas. Her work ranges from beautifully sparse, bleak landscapes to intricately detailed interior scenes. To view more of her portfolio please click here and watch this space!
Ya-Ling Huang has been experimenting with different media lately and these vibrant scenes are some of her most recent results. We love how bold and colourful these are and are excited about sharing Ya-Ling's progress with you as she continues to explore with this way of working. Keep an eye on the blog for more!
Robin has been commissioned to work on a series of young fiction covers and interiors for Bloomsbury. Skate Monkeys: The Cursed Village is the first of three books written by Paul Mason. Designed specifically for struggling young readers, the series is printed in a dyslexia-friendly font and has tinted pages.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind since we signed Melissa earlier this year. Her work has gone down a storm and we have some very exciting projects coming up over the next few months. Right now however, we are so pleased to be able to reveal a project that has been in progress some time - her first illustrated picture book 'If I Had a Little Dream' will be publishing with Simon & Schuster early next year. Deemed a 'warm and lyrical' story by author Nina Laden, we can't wait to see this in print.
Initial Cover Idea
These posts have become some of our favourites on the blog, we love sharing the
process behind a cover design. Today's post features the work of Jez Tuya.
Land of the Gods, published by Bloomsbury, went through a few cover versions
before the final visual and colour theme was decided upon. Scroll down to see more...
Initial Cover Ideas Continued
Revised Cover Rough
First Colour Visual
Final Cover Design
Embrace the summer with this fun, vibrant poster design by Lalalimola for the Viladecans Theatre Festival. For those of you who love to see the work-in-progress on a project, we have some lovely pencil drawings by Lalalimola below that show just how much her work changes from initial concept to final digital artwork...
On the blog today we have another cover evolution to share with you. Dancing with
the Tiger by Lili Wright was published earlier this month by Penguin Random House UK.
Lino-cut artist Alexis Snell submitted several ideas before working closely with the in-
house designers to create the final design. Here is a selection of work showing the
development of the cover from early roughs to final artwork...
Lino-cut First Test