Illustration Challenge #6: The Railway Children

(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!)

My kids are taking it in turns to (blindly) pull these titles out for me each week.

My eldest is actually reading this novel at bedtime (another bizarre coincidence!) so she was able to pick holes in my work straight away, but hey!

I am pleased with how it finally turned out, after almost scrapping the lot, and messing with colour for far too long, and getting very weary with it.

The Railway Children Illustration by Celia Hyland

The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit, first published in 1906.

It seemed that the train came on as fast as ever. It was very near now.

"Stand back!" cried Peter, suddenly.

But Bobbie cried, "Not yet, not yet!" and waved her two flags right over the line. The front of the engine looked black and enormous. Its voice was loud and harsh.

The Railway Children Illustration by Celia Hyland

I actually LOVE the way the pen and pencil work together in this image.

After first adding too much colour, I stripped it back and lent on layering and deleting segments in Photoshop. I am pleased with how Bobbie stands out from the image, clear and sharp. Layers and texture give the rest of the image a smoggy feel, just like being enveloped in steam from an engine. And the noise - imagine how loud it would feel to be this close!!

Admittedly, I didn't do anything too original for this, but I do love the power of this scene. It sums up the theme for the rest of the story; that these three squabbling siblings manage to really change and impact the lives of the adults around them - no easy task!

I love the fact that my daughter is enjoying this story, despite it being written 110 years ago.

My Illustration
for 2017
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