i have been commissioned to illustrate a children's book.
it is being released later this year (2018). the story is beautiful, and the wording struck a chord with me instantly.  this is definitely one project that i feel blessed to work on.
the author has requested that i limit the art i show until the book has hit the shelves.
when i take on a client project, i always start the design process with research.  this time, it involved watching videos on youtube and lots of image searching on google.
background design/ typography
final
challenges
the characters were by far, the toughest part.  the guidelines for each character were pretty basic, e.g. the character below was to be "a leg with a top-hat. maybe a giant hand, whiskers and a monocle".. 
every time i drew this character, he looked like a slug. the children wouldn't warm to it whatsoever... but i feel like he turned out pretty well.
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