The Birth of Princess Mirror-Belle

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Just before Christmas I finished and sent off another Julia Donaldson picture book, and it made me think back to this time last year when I was starting Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox.

Julia and I have known Princess Mirror-Belle for quite a few years now. The older fiction series of Princess Mirror-Belle were the first books we worked on together over ten years ago. So we’re all old friends!

Here are the colour thumbnails on my desk. I seem to remember with this book I started on the most detailed pages first. I usually work in order, but as I was a bit pressed for time, I started with the trickiest ones first!

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Here are some of the finished pages waiting to be sent off.

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And some more…

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And then, when all the detailed pages were finished, I started on the vignettes…

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I think my favourite picture is the fairy page. I used real lace for the fairy’s wings. It was fun but a little fiddly!

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Right now, I am working with Princess Mirror-Belle again, so we are not finished with her yet!

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