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So then it’s time for the colour to be added. This is fun as my work has always tended to be very colourful and we print it in bold Pantone to make it zing! I also use a small palette of colours to make it simpler. For Superbat I used Superhero colour, but with a retro feel, so instead of blue it was a kind of greeny blue.


So the method I came up with is to draw up the sketches properly, then trace them in black pen. Then I scan them in and then put it together like a sort of jigsaw puzzle, colouring it and ‘snagging’ it as I go. This gives each illustration a sort of handmade feel but with


a sharp graphic style. The illustrations look pretty simple but they actually take a lot of time to piece together. I think that not having an outline makes them look a bit different too. With Superbat I also painted over each spread to give it a slightly textured feel, but with Spyder I didn’t want to as it’s more of a slick story. As I say I sort of got into doing kids’ books by accident and I’m sort of making it up as I go along but I’m happy with the results so far!


Spyder is published by Scholastic Press, 978-1407172934, £6.99 pbk


Return to the perennial classic tale in this magical sequel


www.scholastic.co.uk


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