The Bubble Who Would Not POP!

Little Lamb Books – September 2017

I’m delighted to announce the publication of The Bubble Who Would Not POP!, a book which I illustrated in collaboration with Little Lamb Books and Shelly Roark. The book will be released on September 12th and this is the first time my work has appeared in a children’s picture book so I couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate its release, I thought I could share some of the artwork and shed some light on my illustrating process.

Book Cover

“Billy the Bubble is on a secret mission! There’s nothing a young bubble loves more than swirling through the air on a warm sunshiny day and going POP! But Billy Bubble can’t pop just yet – he’s on a secret mission to deliver a special prayer to heaven. It won’t be easy, but the green-eyed girl is depending on him. Will Billy triumph in his journey before something bursts his bubble? The Bubble Who Would Not POP! is a buoyant introduction to the power of prayer and the unending love of God.”

The book will be released in September 2017. If you want to grap your own
copy of The Bubble who would not POP! on time please pre-order now!

Pre-order The Bubble Who Would Not POP! on amaton.com now

Some little close up shots of the illustrations appear in the book.

This is one of the final pages. But till a page like this is done it takes a lot of time and  preparations.
This is one of the final pages. But till a page like this is done it takes a lot of time and preparations.

Character Design

The starting point for illustrating any story is getting to know your characters. Having read the manuscript for The Bubble Who Would Not POP! my first task was to create a character design for the story’s little hero!

I wanted Billy’s face to be very expressive, which wasn’t very easy because our tiny friend is just a bubble after all! The solution I came up with was to use his bubble body to express his emotions, and I found this worked well.
I wanted Billy’s face to be very expressive, which wasn’t very easy because our tiny friend is just a bubble after all! The solution I came up with was to use his bubble body to express his emotions, and I found this worked well.
For the green eyed girl I wanted to create a cute and sincere little girl who would fit in perfectly with the world of the story.
For the green eyed girl I wanted to create a cute and sincere little girl who would fit in perfectly with the world of the story.

From sketch to final

Once the character designs were approved by the author and all the lovely people at Little Lamb Books, my next job was to fit the story to each spread and create a rough sketch to go with the text.

This are the initial sketches I did for each page.
This are the initial sketches I did for each page.

Based on these sketches I would create a more detailed sketch for each page, blocking in very rough colours, working closely with the design team until everybody was happy with the look and feel of the pages. Once everybody approved, I took the sketches to final artwork. Here you can see what this process looked like:

Well, I hope you enjoyed this insight into the production of my debut as a picture book illustrator! And hopefully (should you happen to pick up a copy!) you will have as much fun reading it as I had drawing it!

The book will be released in September 2017. If you want to grab your own
copy of The Bubble Who Would Not POP! on time please pre-order now!

Pre-order The Bubble Who Would Not POP! on amaton.com now

Some little close up shots of the illustrations appear in the book.