The moment I read Dimity’s manuscript I was connected. The visuals of the characters, scenes and sub-stories came with such ease that my initial concept roughs were almost completed before the contracts had actually been signed!


My first concept sketches on sticky notes.

This post-it note layout was my map, I then moved on to larger to-scale size images where I really worked out the sketched scenes.



First rough sketches done on A4 size paper



I like to lay all the pages out to see the flow throughout the pages and also note any inconsistencies. Like which arm had fallen off Tiger!


Some scenes didn’t go any further….


Sometimes having too many ideas makes it hard to choose, that is where having a team really helped.



This is how I keep all my roughs, easy to find when working on final artworks.


All my sketches passed through our fab team at EK Books, and once everyone was happy with them, I then worked on the final roughs at 100% finish size. These pages were scanned and sent to the art designer, who placed them with the text layout to make sure everything worked together well.


Final rough sketch drawn to 100 percent size.


Once all the final roughs were approved, I was able to start on the fun part – PAINTING!! I like to stretch all my watercolour paper (so it doesn’t buckle once dry, so important for quality scanning)


My studio always looks messy, but I like to think of it as organised chaos!



Under painting the shadows



Adding some colour – layer upon layer



A close up before pencil work



Almost finished!


Comparing to the final rough – what’s missing? Her pyjama love hearts of course!



The Front Cover – I have placed the eraser to get an idea of size!


Once all the illustrations are complete, I packaged them all off to the courier to be delivered to New Zealand for scanning, then it is all up to the amazing team at EK Books to complete the project.

The absolute best part of this entire process is receiving the advanced copy…  Now to get organised for the Book Launch!!


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