There's a Bison Bouncing on the Bed!
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
Author: Paul Bright
Publication Date: 2nd June 2016
BOING! Big, brown bison is bouncing on the bed. Bounce, bump, thump! Aardvark, Beetle and Chipmunk join in too. What a racket they make! Uh-oh, that bed had better not break...! But, wait, there's somebody else in the bed and he's not happy at all! A bright, bold bedtime romp, packed with surprises. With hilarious illustrations from exciting new artist, Chris Chatterton, and a bonkers rhyming text from Paul Bright, it's the perfect gift for little bed-bouncers everywhere!
Creating 'There's a Bison Bouncing on the Bed!'
'There's a Bison Bouncing on the Bed!' is my first collaboration with the Paul Bright and Little Tiger. Below is a little look at the process behind creating the illustrations.
As always I started with simple quick sketches of the characters. A Bison isn't your typical picture book hero and I don't think I had ever drawn one before this project. I collected a bunch of reference and started by sketching closer to real life then I took what I learnt and played with the scale and placement of features and body parts to create a more appealing character.
Below you can see a small selection of some of the sketches I created for the characters along with thumbnails for some of the spreads with in the book.
I took the sketches mentioned above and began to refine the character and tried a few different options with clothes and hair.
I used the same process for the remaining characters, which you can see below.
With the characters designed and approved it was time to move on to the internal spreads. The whole book takes place in one bedroom focused on the bed. I varied the viewing angles and the jumping poses of the characters as they are bouncing on the bed. Below you can see the pencil sketch for the first spread and how it compares to the final coloured artwork.
Next I tackled the cover design. The original concept for the book was to include a pup up on the final spread that's why you can see below the mention of a 'Big Pop-Up Surprise'. In the end however this pop up was dropped. As you can see below I created some pencil sketches with various layouts for the folks at Little Tiger to choose from.
With the pencil sketches approved, I usually create a colour rough so I can get the colour palette correct before I start on the final artwork. I use this as a guide but I'm always open to changing this if I feel it will help make the spread work better. If you compare this colour rough to the final art you will see we opted to replace some of the white backgrounds with something much more colourful.
It's been a long wait to get my hands on this book as it first previewed at the Bologna Book Fair in March 2015. This was the first picture book I created and I am pleased to say I am very happy with how it turned out. I am extremely grateful to Little Tiger for giving me the opportunity and believing in me.
The final book is available in hardback and paperback, printed on wood free paper, which gives it a lovely feel and texture.