Janna and I were talking the other day, thinking about Penelope and Eloise. We wondered how they might bring in the New Year, and we concluded that it would most definitely be with style!!!
So, without further ado, we captured the moment … Penelope and Eloise, dancing up a storm, resplendent in their old lady dresses, huge pearl necklaces, and large floral hats. They KNOW they look good, but more importantly, they are having the time of their lives.
We hope 2014 brings many blessings, and much joy to your lives!
In order to draw scenes for our book, “Penelope Bloom AND THE NASTY, GHASTLY, DREADFUL SMELL”, I’ve had to envision Penelope in a variety of different settings.
Gradually imagining these places is much more fun than creating them all in a hurry. As such, I’ve spent the past few weeks dreaming up her environment. I am excited to delve into this process further as I create all sorts of places for Penelope and her friends to explore.
This scene is inspired by the many antics of one of my favorite comic strip characters, Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson.
After brainstorming for a while, it was time to make some decisions. If our Penelope was to come alive, she would be a person with characteristics that did not change. No matter what she did – jumping, sitting, yawning, or climbing – her little self would always keep the same basic proportions and characteristics.
Below, is one page of charts from my sketchbook where I began to work those details out.
The drawings are rough and unfinished … but Penelope is starting to take shape 🙂
Somewhere in the middle of August, my sister approached me with an idea. She had written a charming children’s book about a little girl named Penelope. What she needed, was a visual world … and an illustrator to make that happen. A sister team. That sounded good … and then it was time to begin. But how?
Sometimes, the only way to start, is to just put the pencil to the paper, and go. That is what I did … and this is the first set of sketches to result. Penelope was to be quite young, an innocent rascal, creative, and impulsive. She has a big heart, big ideas, and very big plans.
A more orderly approach to character design would follow, but for now, it was simply about starting. I admit. I was curious to see who would emerge out of the scribbles … 🙂