From sketch to final art

Activities & Play, children's books, design, From the sketchbooks, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, pre school books, publishing, Zimbabwe

This is a typical illustrator/editorial collaboration for an educational illustration project, even though we were continents apart…

The brief comes in; mostly written with a few examples of what has been done already. In this case it was for one illustration for an educational publication.You sketch and send back the first draft of ideas. They are almost always sent back with notes, like a positional guide. You make another round of sketches, this time following the brief more tightly and accurately. For me the second or third round of sketches is the last one and I make the sketches more finished In this case I pointed out where I had placed the required  features. If there is time (often there isn’t) I’ll add some colour or my signature black line in the hope of giving some extra assurance that I have got it right (finally). A couple of days later you get the go-ahead to do the colour art (I prefer to sketch and sketch but to paint less). I will have already decided how I  would tackle the colour, or been asked to work in a certain way.

Life size

african, children's books, design, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, London, publishing

We did it!

The Life Size project is under way. About 100 children from Drayton Park School and myself painted a three metre tall giraffe in one school day. It was tight and I wish there had been more time, but it went smoothly. Life Size is all about showing children size and scale in real terms. We talked about African animals, ways of measuring, what giraffes are like in the wild and they seemed genuinely interested. I got a great big box of chocolates and a thank you card from just about everyone so it was well worth it. The next workshops are at the end of July throughout Brent Council Libraries. I’ll try to remember to give a better heads up to those interested in coming along if you’re in London.
For more about Life Size, visit my website  and look up the events & appearances pages.