This book was a milestone for me both professionally and personally. It definitely didn't happen easily and it pushed me to grow as an artist. It also made me appreciate the work of the greats who make it look so easy even more!
The biggest struggle for me was taking a character that meant so much to someone, create a visual representation of them and feel like I did that character justice. I drew so many versions of this little boy, Jellybean, that when I finally captured him in an image, I was indescribably happy. Finding Jellybean made everything else for the book fall into place.
I had initially illustrated this fish spread to be pretty cartoony, but once I nailed down the look of Jellybean, that changed to fit the characters environment as you can see in the before sketch and after painting:
Like I said, this book was a stepping stone for me as an artist and I hope to be able to create many more children's book that are meaningful to others.
-The models who posed for me including, Cedric Petersen who posed for facial expressions.
And the father and son team, Kody and Kyler Quast pictured above, who did a LOT of scene posing.
-Will Terry (Illustration Guru) for his words of wisdom and for always being so willing to give me guidance when I ask for it.
-My family and friends who boosted my spirits when I was struggling (and badly injured) to keep going.
-And of course to the author, Joseph Heywood, for your patience and belief in me and the opportunity tell your story.
All images and copyrights from the book "It's Called Fishing not Catching" belong to author Joseph Heywood.