Hey there! Today I would like to share with you a short story about the process of creating my first children’s book called “Alice Cat Alphabet“.
Alice Cat Alphabet lets you learn English alphabet with your kids. The book contains short poems for 26 letters (don’t they all!) and spans around 60 pages. Each spread tells a separate story of daily adventures of the little girl Alice and her cat which is hidden in illustration and the short funny poem that lets you guess the hidden letter and the word.
Make an Apple pie for Alice’s dad to make him fatty and happy:) Start the morning with Alice Brushing the teeth to her Bear. Pretend to be a cowgirl riding a Horse or a Queen ruling a kingdom but still having a traditional five o’clock tea time break. Or play a Violin like great Vivaldi!
In the end of the book all the letters and illustrations are combined on one spread so that you can revise the alphabet from A to Z.
The book is based on real characters of the my daughter Alisa and my cat Margaret.
Check out this lovely couple below:
The work on the book started with creating a roadmap.
I listed out all 26 letters, wrote the word to the letter and then invented a story about each letter with the two characters.
For the style I chose the most comfortable technique among traditional media for me – watercolor and the limited palette of Windsor & Newton basic watercolor set and Cerulean blue from Van Gogh watercolor. Additionallly I used brown liner for contour and several Copic markers for shadows.
I really like the feeling of holding the original artwork in my hands. And I think digital children’s book illustration doesn’t connect you with the reader so well.