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 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. Although we work digitally, we love creating a really traditional children’s book illustrations style when the project requires it.
The Jimmy Stories is a colourful children’s book full of stories about the titular Jimmy, a young mischievous boy. It’s a fun, gentle picture book that is reminiscent of children’s books of the author’s youth. 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 books in this hand-drawn, traditional children’s book illustrations 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