More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions is a book dedicated to those who don't mind a few dandelions and for the dads who are always wishing for more time with their children.
I hope you buy the book for your family or as a gift for an enthusiastic new dad or a blossoming young reader! The book is available on AMAZON. I really appreciate your support!
I was committed to a non-digital approach to the illustrations for More. MORE. MORE! Dandelions. I only wanted to scan each final piece of art at the end. No digital collage. No major enhancements. Just stamps.
I started each illustration with a piece of 11" x 17" white smooth bristol paper.
|I measured the margins and left plenty of room in the middle for the gutter of the book. Then, I stamped the illustration based upon my preliminary sketches.|
|The facial expressions of the characters would be drawn later. The text would be dropped into the "talking bubbles" after the art was scanned.|
|The scraps from cutting the erasers piled up over the course of the project.|
|I illustrated the first page spread on January 29, 2017.|
|My confidence grew after I successfully stamped the baby's stroller.|
|I only used ColorBox pigment ink pads for the illustrations. The other stamp pads in this photo were being used by my daughter who often worked right along side me.|
|A view from above. You can see my daughter's stamp illustration too!|
|I purchased larger novelty erasers at Five Below to stamp the larger images.|
|I laid the illustrations on the floor when I was halfway through to make sure the story was still flowing. I referred to my preliminary sketches to plan for the rest of the book.|
|On May 23, 2017 I stamped the last illustration.|
|I stamped many page spreads six different times to get them right. In the end, I did over 100 illustrations. The best illustrations would be picked for the book.|
Do you want to learn more about the making of this book? Read Part 6
Did you miss the first few posts in this series? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
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