When the idea is slowly transformed from an initial spark to a final product that you find in the book, it undergoes a creative journey.
The below images give us an insight from how Chloe was first drawn in sketches and black and white pencil drawing to later be studied in multiple version using watercolour.
It is a fascinating insight and provides a perspective of how the journey unfolded.
The different characters of the story are studied. Chloe’s dad appears first in the part of the story where Chloe asks for a day off. The author here gives dad some characteristics that the child reader will recognise in their own dad’s such as the glasses, facial hair and a tie.
The artist often proceeds with a complete story book, in which the scenes of the various pages are sketched. Sometimes the sketch is not modified that much and when drawn in watercolour is almost exactly as originally imagined.
In some cases already from the drawing the artist imagines the splash (double) pages, where the complete drawing flows across the pages. These are used to emphasise specific moments in the story and particularly beautiful when drawn with vibrant colours as can be seen in the following example.
When going to print sometimes the size and dimensions of the pages are altered. As one can see below, the pages of the final book are square.