Brian Wonders:  The Making of a Children's Book

The Making of a Picture Book: journal entry 13



Here's a quick time-lapse video of the work that goes into arranging a trail of one thousand balloons into a treacherous rolling ocean.  This illustration appears in the middle of the book at the height of action, and I wanted the balloons to maintain the action like they were taking you on a roller coaster ride.  They climb over a crest before turning the corner and dropping down, gathering speed before entering into the gullet of the emerging monster.  The main reason I'm re-doing the balloons here is--when I decided the book should have no words, I felt I should highlight certain recurring motifs, like these balloons, in order to help better visually connect one page to the next.