Illustrating a Children’s Story, Part 1


Alright…enough of these serious productivity, business, and worst-case scenario musings on this blog for the time being. It seems I’ve been writing more than drawing lately, and since this site is called DaniDRAWS, I think I’ll go and pick up a pencil already!

Because I haven’t had a lot of time for self-promotional work recently, I’ve decided to start up a new project, out of which I hope to get a few good portfolio pieces. In a previous post, I mentioned that I once made a small booklet of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which worked out well for me. Well, I want to do something similar and document the process here.

I’m going to make another booklet or promo piece, this time using the story of the Three Little Pigs. Sure, this tale is probably overdone, but I’m willing to take it on. Cute animals…a variety of environments…a simple story… If I do this right, it could prove to be a great way to show off my illustration abilities and original style for the children’s book industry.

This will be an ongoing project; I’m not really sure where it will go or how long it will take to finish with my schedule, but I guess that’s half the fun of it. But by putting this out to the public, I’m hoping I will actually commit to getting this done. Also, since the process behind making a booklet like this is a lot like my picture book process, this will also serve as a great mini process tutorial. Plus I’ll be able to get some feedback from you readers.

So here we go!… Step 1 in my process is always brainstorming. These are my first exploratory sketches of some pig characters.

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So what do you think? If you see something you especially like or dislike, I would be happy to hear your opinion.