Brian Wonders:  The Making of a Children's Book

The Making of a Picture Book: journal entry 15


This week I've been fleshing out the ending of the book.  The end to the story has been through many iterations, but recently I decided it would end with a kiss.  Now that I'm done with the illustration, this ending will have to stick!


This week's time-lapse shows the creation of this illustration:  from its humble beginnings as a thumbnail sketch, to the illustration taking its place among the other finished pages of the book.  I had envisioned a simple pencil sketch for this illustration with maybe a wash of color over it, but somewhere along the way the thought of adding a magnificent swirl of hair on the girl crept into my head and I couldn't make the thought go away.  It was very frustrating because a giant swirl of hair was going to add a few extra hours to the drawing, especially since I thought it would be even cooler if I first modeled the hair in CG...  Once I gave in to the new direction, the drawing sort of snow-balled and I had no choice but to follow it where it wanted to go.  The results are in the video and below.  


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