AUTHOR ALLSORTS

A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Bethany Straker – How I draw an Evolving Character: Zombie Cat

01a

Zombie Cat: The Tale of A Decomposing Kitty was published in 2012. It was my first book, and I’ve enjoyed looking back on it this week to talk about how I came up with the character and how it evolved through the book.
01b
Initial sketches of Zombie Cat were what I thought of when I imagined zombies. Thin, scrawny and falling apart, I drew many versions of a disgusting looking cat in my sketch book. As you can see, my first sketches lacked warmth: I wanted the character to be friendlier and cuddlier. As I sketched, he filled out and started to transform into the character.
01c
Once he was established, I used blue pencil and black pen to sketch out scenes that would end up in the book, starting with a ‘normal’ looking cat, Tiddles, that would transform later into the oozing, bleeding thing in later pages. I would then scan and colour using my graphics tablet.
02
When ZC was bitten, this scene required a hint of what was to come, so I added a popping ‘vein’ on his neck and red around the eyes, as if the poison was already taking hold.
03
My favourite page of the book is the ‘reveal’ image, where ZC looks at himself if horror, with a real attention to detail focusing on the slime, blood, skin and general gore.
04
Once he arrives at his owner’s house, he is in his most desperate state, and I wanted this drawing to be at its most ridiculous. I wanted him to look so incredibly gory that the image would fall into comedy.
05
So one final incarnation of ZC was to come: him in his ‘fixed up’ state. This needed a ‘DIY’ look about it, so I added sewing lines, a missing ear and a yellow eye. He seems happy enough with his final makeover!
06

Beth_Straker_illustrator_picBethany Straker
WebsiteTwitter
BETHANY STRAKER is an illustrator and designer working in Kent and London. She is currently working on 6 picture books for Skyhorse publishing and currently has a book out written by Isabel Atherton, called ‘Zombie Cat: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty’. Her new books include a book she wrote called ‘The Funny Bunny Fly’, ‘A Curious Robot on Mars!’ written by James Duffett-Smith and ‘Smelly Ghost’ by Isabel Atherton. Previously, Bethany has illustrated for magazines for Disney, CMP Information, Bliss magazine, the National Magazine Company and GoGo’s Crazy Bones. You can see some examples of her work on her website, www.bethanystraker.com

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on July 13, 2015 by and tagged , , , , , .

Instagram

Today's post is by @helengrantsays, about feeding your muse. Follow the bio link to read more! #helengrant #creativity #writing #writingblog #authorblogs #authorallsorts On the blog today, @lizdejagerwriter talks social media and shares a page from her gorgeous journal. Follow the bio link to see more! #lizdejager #authors #authorallsorts #authorblogs #writing #journaling #socialmedia #instagram #twitter #facebook

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,159 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 115,380 hits
%d bloggers like this: