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.