Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and I'd like to tell about the process of creating my book 'Can You Hear Me?'

I enjoy spending time outdoors and nature has always been a huge source of inspiration for me. The idea for this book came to me when I was living in Montenegro. Its beautiful nature - the sea, the mountains, the wildlife - made me very happy and invigorating.

I decided to make a picture book that would celebrate the joy of being in nature and would tell both children and parents how important it is not to lose touch with it.   

I started the work by creating a storyboard with rough thumbnails and text to show my idea to the publisher. 

 

When I make roughs, I don't use lines, I work mainly with shapes and various shades of grey. This makes it easier for me to work with composition and gives a better feel of the final image.

 

Here you can see the roughs and finals I made for the book.

The book was originally published by Egres in Slovakia. The photo above shows two recent co-editions in English and French

 

​Because it was my personal project, the publisher gave me complete freedom. I was able to experiment and   make changes the way I liked. So in this book there weren't any dramatic changes made on the way from sketches to finals.  

Together with the publisher we decided to get the book printed with Pantone inks, hence I had to work with limited colour palette. Working with just four colours was the most challenging, yet the most interesting part. It was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. 

By overlapping colours, I was able to achieve that nostalgic feel I was looking for this book.