The life of an author ay?! Lots of bits of paper with ideas scrawled on them and the finished product.
I really enjoyed writing Big City, Small Monster. I wanted to capture a tale of trying to follow the crowd and learning that you can be comfortable in your own skin.
This is Squirt. Squirt wants to be like all the other monsters but soon comes to realise that actually he should just enjoy being himself.
I created this book over about a month and a half. I started with brainstorming- lots of brainstorming and then started refining my ideas. I stumbled up the rhyming theme of the book and felt that it fit really well.
I learnt to use photoshop to create my imagery. I started by sketching out my ideas, then drawing them neater and scanning them into the computer. From there i used photoshop to colour them like i would with pencil crayons but instead of pencils i used a mouse!
My favourite tool was the magic wand! It helps keep all the colours where they needed to be.
I created this book for Reading Zone’s Picture Book Competition 2016, this year is being judged by Mick Inkpen (author of Kipper)- i hope they like it!