Welcome to the neighborhood, in this 3rd part of the series about making an illustration set in India for my new picture book My Bed Rocks on the Water. The story about children’s sleeping places in different cultures around the world was written by Rebecca Bond. It will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2020.
In this scene, the boy’s house takes up 2/3 of the spread and the surrounding village is pictured in the left 1/3. I used a lighter colored background to separate it from the darker house in the foreground. And since the house is blue, I thought, why not offset the sky with green?
Making little dwellings is a favorite diversion, so working on this part of the illustration was a total indulgence!
Roof tiles emerge in rows of fly stitches…
There’s always seams to be an area that needs tree and leaf embellishment.
This story focuses on children, with adult figures off in the distance, so they have to be really tiny.
She may be one of the smallest wee people I’ve put in an illustration. I loved making her outfit and braiding her hair.
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