Charis Simpson is studying our Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma Course with tutor Maggy Roberts. maggy sent us one of Charis’ illustrations for our blog….
“I have always dreamed about being a children’s book illustrator and this course seemed like the perfect step”
For the assignment, I was inspired a bit by Chris Riddell – particularly with the trees. I decided to make it black and white rather than grey scale and use line work like he does. I love his work! I think the use of quite a bit of solid black makes the drawings stand out. I tried to include elements of the poem in as well as some new elements that I have added. I wanted to have characters in the piece that would engage the child. I also wanted to include the scared little boy, as I had in the exercise… I thought a tent would work well and included his dog for company so he wasn’t completely alone! I uses black fine line pens and markers for the piece, scanning onto my computer for final touches. I was a bit confused as to whether I needed to add text as I know you said this isn’t normally done… but I think I read it right that you wanted us to add it. Anyway I hope you like it! Thanks again for your feedback… I have really tried to listen to it as much as possible and follow the brief!