stories and illustration

The Midnight Hare pp.18 and 19

pp18and19augtxtAt the moment I am setting up double-page spreads, quite an interesting part of the project, as they have been painted on different sheets of a notebook up to now.  This rough layout is jpeg at 300dpi, set up on Photoshop; though the finished scans will be pdfs scanned at 600dpi, with the text set up in Adobe Acrobat in a separate process. If I had been doing these pictures across one piece of paper, which is how I used to work when I did pen and watercolour illustrations on big blocks of wonderful Fabriano paper, maybe I would have had the woodland path in this double-page spread more integrated; but the slight oddness doesn’t really both me much, and I have to remember that these images will be on separate pages, which will create a greater space than here. I think a slight jaggedness between the pages is quite interesting, even if aesthetically slightly weird. Many picture books have double-page spreads throughout, but I could never have done this story like that. I have two double-page spreads in the whole book, one when Milo and the Hare are flying over the Borderlands; and one right at the end, pp. 30 and 31, before the vignette and the closing words on p.32.


August 11, 2017 - Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. These are exquisite.


    Comment by illustratorali | August 13, 2017 | Reply

    • Thank you so much, it is great to have encouragement. I am working on the idea, after other comments, of not having a “straight” frame round the pictures, but of trying to fill up most of the space with imagery and to incorporate the text into the pictures. I have veered from one set-up to another – luckily computers are such a help here. I am so glad you like the paintings. It’s still a work in progress….


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | August 15, 2017 | Reply

      • They are just beautiful! Fill as much of the page as possible with that wonderful imagery.


        Comment by illustratorali | August 15, 2017

  2. These are stunning.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by illustratorali | August 13, 2017 | Reply

    • it’s great that you like the illustrations – I am so involved in the book, it is great to get comments from outside, so to speak. Your approval is much appreciated.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | November 5, 2017 | Reply

  3. I think a border gives the artwork more space, contradictory as this sounds. I find laying out pages easier with a page design app, like InDesign.
    Beautiful work, Cara.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Javier Molina | October 13, 2017 | Reply

  4. I have InDesign on my computer, it was recommended by my son, but I have been so deep in the illustrations I haven’t done more than scratch the surface of the program. That is for November! I have thought so long about how to set out The Midnight Hare
    , and decided that I wanted the text integrated in the pictures, which is quite strange for a book that also has borders round the paintings – but so what. I didn’t want the whole book to have too much brown in it… thank you for your comments, Javier, they are helpful, and I am glad you like the paintings.

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    Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 14, 2017 | Reply

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