Bed book peek- India (part 1)

In between animating scenes for Liberty and Justice, I’ve been working on a new picture book that explores varied cultures from around the world. The deadline for handing over the finishes is a year from now, so there isn’t a minute to spare! The story about where children sleep around the world is written by Rebecca Bond and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2020. To see posts about other illustrations for the book, go here for South America and here for Japan.

Months ago, when I starting working on the book, I made a whole collection of children’s heads that would be used in different scenes. There’s something intimate about painting faces and stitching hair that helps connect with the characters. Getting to know the children is the first step in committing to a couple of years of work creating the environments they live in.

This illustration, set in India, uses the boy on the top right of the pile.

To create characteristically Indian architectural detail, I used beads that have been in my stash for decades, waiting for the right opportunity to show their stuff.

I loved researching Indian houses, so full of luscious colors. It felt wonderful to indulge my love of patterns, after exercising restraint in the Japanese scene.

The boy slept on my work table until his bedroom was available.

I built a 3/4″ deep box that will be inset, so the viewer can look inside the window and see the boy sleeping.

The hanging decorations were made to scale.

There is so much to share from this scene, that I’ve divided it into 3 parts, with many more photos coming in the future. See part 2 here.

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27 thoughts on “Bed book peek- India (part 1)

  1. Thank you for posting your latest work. It brightens my day many times when I have lots to do, people to take care of, having a busy day at work or I’m just stressed by the political situation that abounds. I always escape and am inspired as well when I visit your work.

  2. Such a feast for the eyes, everywhere the eye rests there is some beautiful detail. Probably a lot like India! Will you make a face with the eyes closed for the boy who is sleeping? Always enjoy seeing your work. Amazing and inspiring.

  3. It is fabulous to see this work in progress and most enlightening. The creative process is so interesting and how great that you can use up your stashes! It is a brilliant idea to share it as you go!

  4. Looking so good! I can’t wait to see the book! And despite my children being grown, I will no doubt buy the book as well! I could just sit and look through the books I have over and over, and in fact I have done that – so many details to see and admire and envy!

  5. Oh Salley, I love your work. Everything about it – the colours, the perspective, the stitches, the details. I would love to see it “in the flesh”. I can’t wait for the book to come out. Well done, you’re so talented. From across the pond.

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