Behind the Scenes of You Will Be My Friend!
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I used my computer to make sketches, play with text, and add borders to each page during the early development of You Will Be My Friend. Then I printed out all the pages and put them up on my wall, so I could see how they worked together as a group. I marked up the printouts with all kinds of notes to myself, and would later go back to my computer to make those changes.
After developing the story and pictures, I eventually settled on final sketches and words for every page. Using a light box, I traced the final sketches onto paper with a mechanical pencil.
I used a standard paper towel as a chamois, and rubbed the graphite to get texture and various shades of gray.
Using that paper towel chamois, mechanical pencils and erasers, I eventually ended up with final drawings.
In many cases, I would draw the different elements of an illustration separately, and combine them later with my computer. Here are a few drawings that ended up on the book cover, along with additional drawings not seen in this photo.
I also used mechanical pencils and erasers to do the hand-lettering for all of the dialogue in the story.
I cut construction paper to create word balloons, boxes for the narration text, and the background papers that would eventually be placed behind the drawings in the final illustrations.
I scanned all of the drawings, cut paper, hand lettering, and photos of wood grains into my computer. Then I adjusted the positions of the various elements of the illustrations, tinted the drawings to a sepia tone, and added transparent color to create the final art. Here you can see what the drawing looked like before and after I added the color.
Somehow the author managed to infuse so much personality into this character!
And if you buy the Lucy pair of books, your children's friend's parent's will believe you put some real thought into the gift.
I actually found myself smiling throughout the entire book and actually laughing out loud at times.
We absolutely love this book!!!! My daughter never gets tired of it. Definitely one of our favsPublished 6 months ago by Tanya
LOVE the illustrations and story. We have a great time rooting for our little bear heroine to find a friend. My girl is three and a half. this book is charming.. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bounce
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. First off, we have three other Peter Brown books and love them all. The illustrations are so cute, and the story is quite fun. Read morePublished 13 months ago by the.dragon.and.princess
The books starring Lucille Beatrice Bear have become some of our favorite. Peter Brown does a fantastic job of telling an engaging story.Published 14 months ago by Laura Edwards
This is such a cute book! It really teaches kids that you can't make someone be your friend, and how to act to find a friend, but at a kids level. It's kind of funny.Published 15 months ago by kas
It's not as funny and cute as the picture may make you think. I love the pictures though. that's it.Published 16 months ago by Fernanda Prandi