I am currently involved in two different collaborations, which can get confusing for all of us. This post is about the first, is using lovely little A5 booklets that Anna Warren found. There are three of us involved Anna Warren, Kylie Fogarty and myself. I have already worked in one book with a seaside theme (see here) and this is my second which has the theme ‘No fear of flying’. Anna’s post on her drawings in this book are here.
I loved the theme, but was really stumped with what to do with it. I went through all the thoughts about flying and then I thought who are the best flyers in the natural world. (Not being much of a people drawer I usually go to the natural world for my artistic inspiration). For me, dragonflies are the best flyers, having the two sets of wings that can move independently they can hover, twist and do the most amazing aerial feats. They certainly have no fear of flying and I reckon the look in their eyes shows little fear of anything.
For the front and back covers I choose images of unconventional flying. The front cover is of a ladybird hitching a ride on some dandelion fluff and I just loved this little image, it has a real sense of adventure to it.
On the last page I drew a flying frog, it is a representative for all those creatures who really have no business in flying (not having wings as such), but have managed to do it anyway. These flying frogs are the weirdest in that strange and intrepid group.
These collaborations are really a great deal of fun and tremendously rewarding, but oh my are they intimidating. All of us have experience at doing art and at being artist, but having to draw in someone else’s book brings all my early fears back again. What if I do this wrong, is my work good enough, their work is so much better than mine and what the hell am I going to draw! But again the rewards of doing these collaborations and the joy of watching the amazing work the others do and to see how they respond to our themes outweighs the trepidation of setting pen to the their books. Also the response from our readers has been fabulous and everyone is so supportive and interested in what we are doing.
I hope I have done this little book justice and have not sent the theme in a wrong direction.