I am still busy working on the illustrations I need for the fairytale book and things are going well. Below is the final version of Leto, the little hero of our story. If haven´t seen it yet, you can check out the different versions Leto went through here, here and here 🙂
While I was drawing the images for the story, I realised that there were a lot of details I had not finalised yet. Like: How many fingers does a Wan Tau have? Are the pockets sewed to Leto’s jacket really necessary?…
The Wan Tau have four fingers on each hand. I tried out hands with five fingers, but I just did not look right.
And because I imagined Leto as one of the Wan Taus who get into the outside world in the search for food and useful things, I figured that he – of course – would need some pockets (besides the backbag). I also imagined that Leto would always carry handy stuff like some yarn, a little slingshot, some pebble stones in his pockets.
I haven´t erased the pencil lines yet, so you can see them below the inkings. Once the illustration is cleaned and coloured, Leto will look much more vivid.
Initially, I had planned to colour the inkings with watercolours, like I always do. But I am afraid, that a lot of the watercolour details will get lost during the printing process so I will do some tests with inks. It is a bit harder, because you have to nail it at the first try. But I think that it will be worth it. 🙂 Did I mention, that I´m creating all the illustrations inside my sketchbooks – not working digital at all. Some might say, that drawing the book illustrations the old fashioned way is somehow stupid, because it takes longer and you have no [Ctrl]+[z] button, but it feels more honest to me working that way.
What do you think about this little fella? Feel free to leave a comment below!