Victoria Biggs

This watercolour illustration was created for the first assignment on the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma – to illustrate a double page for the rhyme ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’.  I wanted to create a dream-like atmosphere that would appeal to young children and after sketching out a number of ideas I chose to leave reality behind and trade a stream for clouds.

This illustration is built up of individually painted and cut out pieces, some a simple wash of watercolour and some more detailed.  All pieces were arranged on the blue sky background allowing for each layer to be a little proud of the last to create shadows between them.

Thank you to Maggy and Melanie for asking me to share this piece.  I can’t wait to get stuck into the next assignment!

Victoria Biggs
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma

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