In one of these two illustrations that I painted for the book “Bernard Goes To Music School” , I pictured the boy on his walk along the creek. He is curiously watching salmon swimming down the stream. The Fall season is indicated by colors in the trees on the apposite embankment and leaves on the ground. Fall has just started. Little boy loves to explore the Nature. He loves his walk!
But he also helps his parents in the garden. He is a hard worker. In the next illustration, I painted a garden filled with blooming flowers. The house is in the back lit by the morning sun. The boy has just watched his parents working in the garden, and now he is helping them by pulling this huge pipe, arranging the landscape. And, I placed a porcelain decorative Mr Frog right next to the boy as if he helps him too 🙂
Paining children book illustrations is fun, and it is a process that needs to be well organized. The artist should not overlook any elements. They are all helping kids to explore the illustration later on, when parents are reading the specific page. The composition of the paintings would help the exploration flow.
In these two illustrations I tried to play with diagonal composition (The Salmon Creek) where the painting’s energy is “moving” with the stream. And, in “Working Boy” I “locked” the composition on the boy with the pipe by placing tulip flowers on the left of the illustration and the frog to the right of it.
Bernard Goes To Music School book is now published and available on Amazon.com. It is easy to find by clicking HERE or by placing Irina Sztukowski in Amazon search window.