"Except on the back of my tortoise"
Below is the initial sketch. One thing I was advised not to do is put text directly on the image. It could be a trace overlay to show intended placement. Oops, next time.
WiP - pencil sketch
Meet Sebastian and Eliza
Before all this, I had to develop a character. I decided to bring Sebastian back into the fray. So, who is Sebastian? Hmmm... he is an architect who wears turtlenecks and drives a Saab. His home looks like an advert for an interior design magazine -- Eames chairs placed just so next to an overstated lamp. He has an exuberant young granddaughter, Eliza, who visits occasionally. They are about to go on adventures, even though Sebastian declares, "I don't want to travel."
None of this is in the text. It is all stuff made up in my head and jotted down as notes, but really informs the illustrations throughout because now I am thinking about their interactions and expressions, knowing what I know about them.
WiP - Sebastian & Eliza - pencil and collage
In addition to, "Except on the back of my tortoise," I also liked these three pencil roughs...
WiP - "Except in the jaws of a wolf"
WiP - "Except in a bottle of raspberry syrup"
WiP - "Except with my catfish"
(see Caillebotte's painting here)
Least Favourite Rough
There have to be some duds among the 10 illustrations. This was probably the most time intensive and least effective. Probably because Sebastian and Eliza are no where to be seen.
WiP - "Except on a witch's broomstick"
Phew! This is a long blog post. Thanks for your patience if you made it to here.