Illustration Process – Finding Bunny

I am thrilled to have teamed up with award winning singer, song writer Andrew Tierney (from band Human Nature) to create Andrew’s debut children’s book Finding Bunny.

Finding Bunny is a beautiful story inspired by the true story of his daughter Violette when she lost her beloved Bunny while playing at the park with her Grandad. When they retraced their steps, they found Bunny in an awful state. But Vee still loved Bunny regardless.

Losing a comfort toy is a distressing feeling that both children and parents have experienced at some time in their lives!

The Characters

The characters are Vee and of course Bunny…

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Experimental Process

I played around with the characters clothing, expressions etc… before deciding on final illustrations. I also played with the possibility of creating the illustrations using collage

Here are some examples and you will see the development!

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Playing with the character and clothing

 

Playing around with New Bunny and Old Bunny

 

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I had fun creating the bedroom scene with collage pieces!

 

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I felt for this book, the collage look restricted the movement, and made the illustration too stagnate.

Roughs to Finals

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The final layout

 

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Laying out the whole book roughs!

 

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Final Artwork in progress

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Coffeeeeeeeee……….

 

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Meeting Andrew in Sydney just before the big Covid 19 Lockdown occurred.

CELEBRATING!

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Celebrating with Coral Vass (author/editor), Sharon Witt (Author/Speaker) and Andrew Tierney.

 

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Backstage at Human Nature Concert with my husband Andrew and author Andrew!

 

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During Human Nature’s recent Australian Tour, Andrew reads the first couple of pages to his audience!

 

 

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Written by Andrew Tierney illustrated by Nicky Johnston, published by Lake Press.

Finding Bunny is available May 2022

ORDER HERE

DOWNLOAD KIDS ACTIVITIES HERE:
Colour In Sheet 1
Colour In Sheet 2
Draw your own best friend

Staying creative,
Nicky x