Illustration Challenge #4: Mr Big

(My personal Illustration Challenge for 2017 is to complete one 'page spread' from a popular, modern or classic children's story each week, picked randomly from a hat. Using lines from the original text, I am re-creating the 'imagery' in my own way, just for fun!)

Again this week I made it all too complicated. I seem to work best when I leave myself 5 minutes to do something. Or maybe I never achieve my best this way!!


Mr Big by Ed Vere, published in 2008.

Ed both wrote and illustrated this one, along with all his other wonderful books.

I LOVE his style - very graphic and colourful, bold, vibrant. And Mr Big is very special to us. We read it to both our daughters, but I suspect my husband loved it more than any other. He always reads it in a slow deep southern American drawl, something like Samuel L Jackson would do it, and this has become the LAW in our house. You have to say those first lines in a slow deep voice...

"Let me tell you a story about a friend of mine, he goes by the name of Big... Mr Big."


So I seem to be enjoying soft pencil and the texture it gives, and I adore drawing animal characters, so here is my shot at Mr Big - a little rushed - as a nod to Mr Vere and his wonderful work:

Mr Big illustrated by Celia Hyland

My Illustration
for 2017
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