Thursday, March 25, 2010

Illustrating The Yellow Tutu, Part 7

One of my favorite lines in The Yellow Tutu is, "Would the pavement heat up when she walked by, warmed by the brilliance of her rays?" But, loving the idea is one thing; trying to depict it is another. How does one visually express hot pavement in a way that might interest kids? I went with a klatch of squirrels, wringing that sunny spot for all it's worth.

I placed those words in the grass above the squirrels, and the following text above and below the peeking Margo.

No bikinis on the squirrels in the final version. I gave up trying to reconcile scanty swimwear with a coat of fur.

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