How Many Bears?

Personal Project

How many bears can sleep in the cave? With this story, I dipped my toe into writing while trying to up my illustration game.

Author and Illustrator 
Josh Lewis

BOOK DEVELOPMENT

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For this book, one of my focuses was on creating unique characters for each of the ten bears. Not only do each of the bears look different, but I wanted to capture their distinct personalities.

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An exploration of emotion with the bear's mouth

THUMBNAIL SKETCHES

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Before diving into sketches, I create these rough sketches. While things change naturally along the way, this lays out the plan for the book. 

SKETCHES

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For the covers, I usually explore options. The cover needs to be simple, introduce the story, and draw the potential reader in.

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The challenge was to pack these bears into the cave while building to a visual crescendo. Some of the pages adjusted slightly in the final painting to help the visual rhythm.