- Gay McKinnon
- Hello, and welcome to my art blog from Tasmania, Australia. I've spent time as a plant geneticist, teacher's assistant, painter, glass artist and book illustrator. I'm usually in the studio, the classroom or the lab. If you'd like to see more, please try the links to my folio page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Chasing vervet monkeys
One of the things I'm enjoying most about illustrating this book is that it takes a look at several African animals - mostly as pests that destroy crops, but I find the animals interesting just as themselves, and I hope Australian children will too. The vervet or white monkeys are not very large - about 26 inches body length - and have appealing, anxious faces, but they travel in troops and look quite intimidating en masse. Above is a rough layout with the finished illustration for the left hand page, and below is the same for the right hand page. I couldn't resist doing a portrait of the monkey as an inset. These will look nicer when book designer Julie Hawkins has done her magic on them but this is the starting point.