⚠️Warning, you may experience a sugar rush whilst ‘consuming’ this article.
As a private project for ongoing skills development I took the challenge of illustrating an excerpt from a new children’s book by author Zoe Tucker. An assignment from Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells Bootcamp.
This first piece was a warm up exercise. It was fun to paint these sweet treats and illustrate their characters and interrelationships.
The theme if the story excerpt was about a donut, named Coco Moloko, being decorated.
I sketched out the action of the narrative (above), whilst Coco Moloko (below) pondered what look to go for.
It was therapy to work in the assignment as I was feeling helpless at the unfathomable unfolding situation in Ukraine.
Below is my final double page spread for the assignment. I enjoyed deciding which aspects of the text to illustrate, and to bring the character to life. And adding lustre to any illustration is fun.
I created the elements of the illustration in watercolours and then worked with these digitally.
The second aspect of the assignment, this part set by Riley Wilkinson, was to take the donut character forward, and design a toy concept. If you like your donuts warm you’ll probably enjoy this comforting microwaveable plush design.
I feel that the assignment moved my work forwards, which was my objective, so I’m pleased with the outcome.