There’s a scene in The Famous Nini when the king declares National Nini Day and everyone celebrates.
Kerry Martin, the senior design editor, wasn’t happy with the scene as I’d depicted it in the thumbnail sketch with crowds on a bridge over a canal (p 17). I worked up 3 rough alternative sketches—where we see Nonna & Nini through the crowd, where the crowd is seen from inside the caffè, where Nonna & Nini are out among the crowd—and then did a tight version of the winner.
A sketch of the funeral procession from Señor Don Gato. I drew this in 2002, and it was the first time my illustrations looked painterly rather than cartoony. I consciously mimicked Diego Velasquez for this project. You’ll notice that in the sketch I amateurishly put interesting details in the gutter—the vertical strip in the center where the 2 pages meet—which had to be moved to one side in the painting.
Another Señor Don Gato post here.
Here are odds and ends from the reference file I amassed for this project. I liked the banner in the Goya painting and adapted it for this scene.
John Manders Illustration
Caricatures, Comic Strips
School Assembly Visits