Finally, the next installment in my Book Report project (in which I endeavor to illustrate every book I read in 2016); I actually finished reading this book several weeks ago and I’ve spent much too long dawdling about on the illustration.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a charming little tale by Salman Rushdie, with a distinctly Indian flavor. I love Rushdie’s writing—I can hear the accents in his dialog, and smell the curries in the air. He paints a lovely wordscape and vivid, vibrant characters to populate it. In the right hands, this story would make a great animated film.
Instead of drawing multiple small covers like I’ve done before, this time I drew one full-page, rather elaborate doodle in marker, pens, and color pencils. I wasn’t completely thrilled with the overall effect, so I worked with it a bit in Photoshop. Still not 100% satisfied—the photoshopping is a bit too obvious, methinks, but it’s better. There’s a lot going on there; I really like the various parts of it, just not all together. I can hear my inner Art Director telling me to make the bird bigger, and simplify, simplify, simplify.