Monday, March 18, 2013

The Kids Are Alright

One of the jobs I've been working on this year during school was for a publisher in Toronto who creates a series of books for kids called Deal With It. The topics range from dealing with gangs, to cliques to bullying, and my topic was Homophobia. I think it's great that they are approaching these subjects in junior and senior high because it can be a rough time, as we all know. It felt really good to be a part of this. If you're interested, you can purchase it in advance here on Amazon.

That said, it was definitely a challenge because the illustrations for this included over a hundred unique characters of various ages, genders and cultural backgrounds, presented in spot illustrations, full page spreads, double page spreads and even some comic strips. It was fun playing around with the facial expressions, gestures and fashion.

I ended up doing the inking and colouring twice: once to submit the job as a school project, and again to meet the requirements of the publisher. In the end, all of the hard work was worth it and I'm pretty proud of the final result. Here are some of the choice pics. I think it's about 75% of it.

The cover image

Full page illustration

Double page spread

Some comic strips, sans speech balloons

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