Today my Behance Subscribers took a deep dive into character design for children’s books. I shared A LOT of information to help them develop a clear pathway to consistent character design. It was great to go through the exercise of sharing the information again because it reminded me of some important resources I needed to pull off my shelf. As I teach this series, I’ll be working through my own picture book dummy that needs an overhaul. By the end of the series, I hope there will be lots of great stories ready for submission to agents and editors!
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This step includes a look at cover design as I share some of the sketches I completed for my version of MATILDA by Roald Dahl. Check out my sketches and watch the livestream as I talk about my thought process and some work did with Peachtree Publishing on Save the Crash-test Dummies.
Watch as I go through the process of developing the characters for Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood on the Behance Livestream. As I go through the characters I am thinking about my own personal history and finding ways to add that to the story, while still maintaining the descriptions in the manuscript.
This is Part 2 of the Character Design process for Re-Imagining Matilda. Here is a review of the turnaround sketches I did for Matilda and Ms. Trunchbull in the Behance livestream to show my thought process.
I am working through an SCBWI Mentorship with Adela Pons, Art Director with Peachtree Publishing for the next 3 months. We have been tasked to re-imagine well known books for young readers. I chose to do MATILDA written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. I did livestreams documenting my thought process for this work-in-progress for the early sketch phases of character design and book cover design.
This book has had mass distribution, it has already been published again with a new cover and also has a movie feature available on the media market. It was quite a challenge to think about what my version of Matilda and her fellow characters would be. In the book, Matilda is 5 years old. I started reflecting on who I was, where I lived and who was my best friend when I was 5 years old. I thought of my 5-year-old friend Betina and modeled my character design after her.
Part 1 - Character Design
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