Illustrating a scene from Thumbelina | Skillshare Projects

Kelli McNichols

artist / teacher



Illustrating a scene from Thumbelina

Children's Book Illustration Project

November 17, 2013

Completed Page Spread:

After cleaning up the initial scan of Tiny in her tulip (see post below for the before version). I placed the image into InDesign and added the text that inspired this illustration to create a page from the story.

November 13, 2013


I put my sketch from the other day (see below) aside and when I came back to it I realized I did not like the composition. What I drew did not accurately capture what I was feeling/thinking.

I discovered when I reviewed my other thumnails that I really liked the one I had done where Tiny was sitting in the tulip -  "It is a beautiful flower,” said the woman, and she kissed the red and golden-colored leaves, and while she did so the flower opened, and she could see that it was a real tulip. Within the flower, upon the green velvet stamens, sat a very delicate and graceful little maiden. She was scarcely half as long as a thumb, and they gave her the name of “Thumbelina,” or Tiny, because she was so small."

I made a tighter sketch and added the butterfly and now I am happy with the composition. This is my progress so far...

November 10. 2013

Looking at Children's Illustrations:

There are a few stories that immediately come to mind when I think of children's illustration. The art of Beatrix Potter is my favorite, I still have a copy of The Tale of Petter Rabbit and The Tales of Mr. Jeremy Fisher from my childhood. I also like the illustrations in the Madeline stories and the Velveteen Rabbit.

Choosing a passage to illustrate:

I chose the passage - "A graceful little white butterfly constantly fluttered round her, and at last alighted on the leaf. Tiny pleased him,and she was glad of it, for now the toad could not possibly reach her, and the country through which she sailed was beautiful, and the sun shone upon the water, till it glittered like liquid gold. She took off her girdle and tied one end of it round the butterfly, and the other end of the ribbon she fastened to the leaf, which now glided on much faster than ever, taking little Tiny with it as she stood."

I darkened the sketch in Photoshop so that the lines would be visible.


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