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I have just worked through a really great class on prop design. It talks about creating props that your characters use in your illustrations, and props that are included in the background, and designing them in a way that makes them belong together.
I wanted to share my finished project for the class, which was to design a lamp, table, something to eat, and something to drink, that use the same shape language, drawing style and design elements. The character I chose to draw this collection of items for is, as you have probably already guessed, Santa Clause.
I have been working on an idea for a picture book called "William's Winter Stew" for longer than I would care to admit. The story includes one boy and hundreds of snowmen. The snowmen are the reason it is taking so long. I have been working on a character design that is simplistic, but at the same time allowing me to make each snowman an individual. I am envisioning a very minimalistic design, because as the story progresses the illustrations are going to get very busy.
I have doodled so many snowmen over the past couple of years!
Today, however, I think I drew "the one"!
I am really happy with how this little guy turned out. If you want to know why he is wearing a crown, you will need to read the story.