I am having so much fun creating art for my children’s picture book series about Lawrence the Wonder Dog™. It all started with ripped paper backgrounds to depict the beach and seaside for the first book and then I explored collaging the dogs.
The NY Times Mutual Fund report spoke to me to depict white fur—is white really just white? Jack Russell Terriers are covered with more white fur than brown or black. Construction paper has a nice fur-like texture for the brown patched and dark gray wallpaper can give the black spots more texture.
I discovered I needed to illustrate other dogs for my upcoming children’s book: Lawrence the Wonder Dog Gets Vaccinated. At first I was downloading random dogs from the Internet and making collages. I decided to ask my close friends just before Christmas for cherished photos of their precious pets so that I could get the images I desired and make thoughtful gifts.
I use old wallpaper samples, the NY Times Mutual Fund reports, scanned fabric swatches and such. It is uncanny how I can capture the pet’s personality by merely using bits of different colored and patterned papers.