Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
New Illustrator's project. I picked number 13 and it's "The Heart of a Monkey".
Briefly the story goes:
"A crocodile wants to eat a monkey's heart and entices him out of his fig tree home with the promise of taking him on the river to an island with lush mango trees. The monkey agrees and climbs aboard the croc's back. Halfway to the island, the croc reveals his motive and the quick thinking monkey tells him he left is heart back in the tree for safe keeping. The croc takes him back to the tree where the monkey escapes to safety."
Upon my preliminary research I came upon traditional Kangha fabric which has borders and a little text box with a quote. Well, I love borders and quotes and I can't shake the idea of doing my illustrations as Kangha fabric style formatting.
The project isn't due until June, so my ambitious initial plan is to maybe do three illustrations to depict the story. This would give me more portfolio pieces that show story line and consistent characters.
These are my initial thumbnail sketches, just brainstorming. Thoughts on composition would be appreciated. Thank you.