Building on the Reaching For The Stars artwork (image below) featured in the previous blog post, I explored the character further.
I set myself the challenge of creating the same illustration from a top down perspective, with each of the animals in the correct order and corresponding position to the original illustration.
Here’s the resulting painting of the animal tower and young Jelena reaching for the stars, supported by the animals as snowflakes fall from the sky. Jelena believe her late mother to be amongst the stars; the animals assist her in her goal to reach closer to the stars.
In order develop the character further I created a page of illustrations of Jelena’s accessories.
I then thought about how she would move, painting different poses that she would move through in a children’s book story.
This work grew out of the Ski A-Z Book that I am working on. You can see this work at these links.
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