In August I was commissioned to do two illustrations for the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award in Shanghai, China. The illustrations were to be based on the award winning children’s book Shh We Have a Plan.
In the book four children are fruitlessly chasing birds in the woods, only for the bird/birds to always escape them. It is a really cute and simple story. I knew I wanted to work with a scene that features a lot of bright coloured birds. Because of the book being for a young audience I opted for a heavier cartoon-inspired look to the characters, rather than my usual semi-realistic approach.
I also recorded my first full painting time-lapse so you can see how the painting developed from thumbnail sketch to final. The piece took 5 hours all in all so this is heavily sped up.
Enjoy and please let me know if you would like to see more painting time lapses.