We love illustrating books, especially when they’re colourful, meaningful children’s books that allow us to work in our different styles. We recently worked with author Diane Mitchell on three children’s books that she has written for self-publication. The children’s illustration style that Diane was looking for for her books was a much looser, more “hand-written” style than we generally work in, so it was a great challenge for us and a wonderful set of projects to work on.
Nannie’s Book of Nursery Rhymes is a colourful children’s book full of nursery rhymes collected by Diane over a lifetime. It’s a fun, gentle picture book that is full of lovely illustrations of the stories, including everything from a fairy to a junebag. The illustrations were a lot of fun for us to work on, they’re all very colourful, detailed and lively. We worked in a different style to our usual digital, vector illustration on these books for Diane, which was an exciting challenge for us. They allowed us to be more free with our drawing style and technique, and as a result the images have a more textured and tangible feel to them – despite also being made as digital media.
We’ve loved working on these books with Diane, and we would love to work on more children’s illustration books in this hand-drawn style. If you’re looking for illustration for your children’s book, we would love to hear from you.
“Very helpful and his illustrations were just what I asked for, very happy and would highly recommend Mr Howell. He has a fantastic imagination and is very efficient and good to work with.”Diane MitchellAuthor