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A special thing about drawing animals is that you have other body parts to show emotions too. Tails are brilliant, for example and you’ll notice Arlo’s indicates his mood throughout the book. On this page it’s hanging limply - even his tail is tired. Whiskers and ears are also excellent for helping to depict a mood.


I feel that the most wonderful thing about creatures in books, is that every child or adult in the world can relate to them on a level that is sometimes not possible with an illustration of a human. This is partly why I’ve always preferred to have lead animal characters exploring human emotions in my picture books (although I do draw people sometimes too). My artwork travels all over the world and an emotional connection with the characters is what brings them to life.


The second ‘key’ drawing is simply a whole page of happy, sleeping and dreaming Arlo. With huge paws and an even bigger smile, the relief of sleep was even a dream to paint. You’ll notice that his tail is loose and relaxed, and the mark-making in his body also reflects his mood. I always illustrate my books in the correct page order so I’m travelling at the right pace of the story with my character(s). By this point in creating the artwork, I too was desperate for Arlo to get some sleep! I think you can feel my relief for my poor tired lion on this page! At this point he is ready to help you fall asleep too…


Arlo the Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep by Catherine Rayner is published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 20th August 2020 in hardback, RRP £12.99


Explore more colourful adventures from award-winning Catherine Rayner


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