Jim Harris Talks About Illustrating…
Ten Little Dinosaurs
From the moment I first saw the manuscript for Ten Little Dinosaurs… I loved this book. It has funny rhymes, funny dinosaurs, funny eyeballs… and funny characters like this little guy:
Coming up with funny characters is like inventing new people… and I find it highly entertaining.
But there are some things about illustrating that are a little harder work.
One of the tricky parts about illustrating an eyeball-animation book is dealing with the holes in the pages. As you can see in Ten Little Dinosaurs, the eyeballs take center stage on the left side of each spread… so that means a major character absolutely, positively has to go in that spot. This might not seem like a big deal… but we illustrators are used to deciding for ourselves where our characters are going to sit or stand or fly around on the page!
Then if you look at the right side of the page in Ten Little Dinosaurs, you’ll see two gaping holes… and what in the world can be done with them? We illustrators aren’t used to having holes in our paper either!!!
Sometimes it works to leave them as “air”, and push all the artwork around them, like I did on the Supersaurus page.
But on some pages the holes are smack dab where you need a major part of the picture to be… so you have to paint around them, like I did on the Tyrannosaurus page.
Then again, sometimes it’s fun to make the holes into round objects. On the Archaeopteryx page… the holes are hot-air balloons
And on the Anklyosaurus page… the holes are the car headlights.
So all in all, even though eyeballs are a little harder to design around… they’re a fun challenge. I'm looking forward to doing more!
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