Illustrated by Anne Ryan
Illustrating someone else’s text is a real challenge and a privilege.
Will your visual interpretation of the text compliment the author’s tone and expression?
A talented editor will pair an author and illustrator to compliment each style and voice.
Would Edith have a hood?
I wanted Shadowcat’s form to be soft and childlike, rather than a realistic representation of a cat.
I gathered references of knitted patterns that my mother had used for making soft toys and developed sketches of a soft animal that a child might use in imaginative play.
Roughs and thumbnails are an important tool to communicate the storytelling during the development of the artwork. They help to unpack the detail about the characters, setting and emotion that is not written in the text. Shape, line, perspective and scale are all important elements at this stage. Colour roughs can be developed after these decisions have been solved.
Dahlias are a special feature in our family garden. I really enjoyed spreading them across the pages of this book.