Last week's assignment for Sketchbook Skool was from a wonderful book illustrator Jill Weber. She taught us how to make a little accordion fold book that was so very cute. I was in San Antonio visiting the grandkids when I was given this assignment, and I was so inspired by their funny little dogs, Mac and Charlie, that I just knew I wanted to make the book about them to give to my granddaughters. We were really supposed to make it about ourselves (which I hope to do in the future.) I would like to make another little book about my sweet marriage of 48 years.
For this project I used some nice heavy drawing paper by Strathmore which I cut 3" x 17." Instead of cutting it with scissors I scored the paper and tore it so the edges would be a little deckled. Then I folded the long sheet in to 8 sections by folding it in half and half again and half again. I took lots of pictures of both dogs, attempting to capture their personalities. Mac is a little lazy and loves to sleep on the top of the pillows on the couch. His fur is a very white and is very soft. Charlie seems to be a little worried all the time. He likes to stay very close to your legs for protection. Carlie's is not as white, has some buff colored and is a little more wiry.
I did the drawings in ink and then added watercolor. I labeled each page with a torn piece of brown paper. I painted a very rough design of polka dots on the back of the paper to repeat the dots in the drawings. I used a limited color scheme to keep the unfolded book from being too busy.
I cut pieces from an old reference book to use as the covers. I liked the color and the texture of the old cover. I painted on the front and back cover pieces with acrylic and added words and details with a white gel pen.