Birds at the Beach is a children’s book that I started in August and now, a couple months later, it’s finished and published! Despite it only being a couple of months, it feels like much longer.
When I started this book, it was a way to challenge myself to learn more about creating a children’s book. It’s been quite the journey. I have learned so much from illustrating to publishing and everything in-between!
For me, I think sketching will always be my favorite part of any project. I came up with all sorts of ideas and combinations of birds in different scenarios. I had a sheet of types of birds on the left and beach activities on the right, and then just started linking them together! It was a variety of trial and error to see what combinations stuck.
The snorkeling seagull was definitely my favorite combination. It lead me to try to match the names with a similar sounding tasks. Below is a little peek at my process of creating the Seagull illustration:
Overall, I’m very proud of my first children’s book! This is been a great introduction into the world of publishing and it feels amazing to be able to hold something you made from start to finish.