Hey there gang! Buckle up! In this post you’ll see early concept work for the characters in the book as well as some finished concept items.

The sketches helped me immensely with the process of arriving at the final style for the illustrations in the book. You can probably notice a struggle in this series of sketches to maintain conformity across the rendering of the character. It wasn’t my intention during this exercise of drawing expressions to vary the style…it just happened. It took me a while to realize that perhaps I should begin with creating model sheets for the characters. The sketches below were done after having finished half of the model sheet for the younger brother. They took me a fraction of the time the above sketches did… not only because of the lower amount of rendering on them but because I had a character model sheet to reference. Too much logic for me.

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The character turnaround for the older brother in the story (seen above) is one of the building blocks for consistent character rendering throughout the story. This is one portion of the finished concept work. I will be doing the remaining angles so I have a view of him from his right side as well and I will also be doing a close up of his head in the same fashion. These will act as my primary model sheets for the design of the characters which I will reference throughout the creation of the rest of the book.

The following images are examples of some of the experimentation I’ve been doing with different mediums. I believe I’ve set my mind to doing the book using India Ink brushing lines and washes to define the character. I’m still experiment with how I will render the backgrounds and hope to have something done in that area soon. Some really exciting things going on there… I can’t wait to share them with you.

The image of the older brother running in utter terror from a pursuing bumble bee is a finished example of how I intend to render the characters. The process marries ink and ink wash analog illustrations with colours done in photoshop on my Cintiq tablet. It’s a very fun and interesting process and I love that fact that it combines elements of my fine arts roots with my more recent digital career.

Well, there you go. I hope that you’ve found this interesting enough to come back for my next post. Until then I’ll be finishing the character model sheets and playing some more with background rendering. T-T-F-N… Ta ta for now.

Corey Lansdell


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    October 4, 2009

    You, my friend, are so very talented. I look forward to watching this process and seeing the final book. Keep it up! Tami Johnson

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    Kim Lansdell

    October 4, 2009

    Wow, your illustrations are just getting stronger and stronger. So proud of you hun, can't wait to see what you come up with next! xoxoxo Your biggest fan, Kim.

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    October 5, 2009

    Hi Corey..xoox excellent art work nephew!!:-) Corey, I look forward to speaking with you about the sketches. (at g'mas? on the weekend). I am proud of you for persuing this project!!. love Auntie T.

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    October 5, 2009

    Hi Corey, wow.. excellent work, the young boy really comes to life. Love the facial expressions, especially running from the bee. How many times I know I had to run and dash doing the avoid bee dance.


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    Corey Lansdell

    October 5, 2009

    Thanks everyone! : )

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    October 7, 2009

    Excellent!! Corey WHERE do you find the time?!! Good for you, this is definitely your calling. I admire that you're doing what you want, that's the hardest thing for most of us. To your first book and many more!
    Jocelan T.

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    Corey Lansdell

    October 9, 2009

    Thanks Jocelan,
    Time is always a challenge that's for sure! Keep in mind I've made some life choices to help with that… ie. No video games… that's a tough one for me.

    But it had to be done.

    Thanks again for the encouragement.