Anna Walker is an illustrator based in Melbourne. Her imagery is inspired by tiny details in the world around her. Anna writes and illustrates stories for children.
Mr. Huff is a story about the clouds and the sunshine in each of our lives.
In the following images I have shown how I went about creating the picture book of Mr Huff.
The idea came from a tiny sketch in my visual diary. I had drawn what it feels like to be worried. I thought it would be an interesting idea to explore in a picture book.
Experimentation with textures
Creating a story board. While writing this book I think I made approximately twelve mock ups (dummies) of the book and in between the dummies I would revise the draft two or three times.
I learnt etching techniques from my studio buddies, Elizabeth Barnett and Georgia Janetzki.
Much patience is required for printmaking. There were many accidents, mostly bad but some good!
An early colour version of the background.
Trying my hand at wood block printing. It seemed like a great idea until I realised how many trees I had to carve out!
Practising printing the trees on rice paper.
Hmmmm. What should Bill wear?
It’s fun making tiny paper clothes for the figures!
Bill’s bed spread.
A wooly Huff to keep me company.
Once the final illustration is scanned you can barely tell that so many elements were used to create the piece.