I'm in awe of the talent of illustrators, and it's a talent I would love to possess. So part of the joy for me in starting up a publishing company is the opportunity to search out and work with some amazing artists.
When I sat down with author Lisa Farquhar, to discuss the illustrations for her first book Bopp's Busy Day, we both shared a vision for a lovable rabbit to take on the task of helping babies practise sounds for speech. I approached Emily Stanbury, an artist based in Cornwall, as I had seen her website full of beautifully painted characters and thought her style would be a perfect match.
I'm so glad Emily agreed to take on the project, and it was such an amazing feeling to open an email attachment and see my first glimpse of Bopp. Illustrations are arguably the most important part of a children's picture book, as they can make or break the finished product (although a great story is obviously important too!) and so finding Emily has felt like a big leap towards success.
The pictures above show Bopp as he emerges on the page, and a draft of the book cover. We will be revealing the final version of the cover for Bopp's Busy Day soon.
To find out more about Emily and her illustrations, visit www.emilystanbury.com.