Early in 2014, DreamWorks Animation approached me about illustrating some board books for their new publishing branch, DreamWorks Press. A few months after completing those, I was asked to work on a picture book adaptation of the original “How to Train Your Dragon” movie. It didn’t take me long to say “Yes”!
For those not familiar with the film, “How to Train Your Dragon” tells the story of a young Viking named Hiccup who befriends a rare and powerful dragon.
It was a pleasure to work with Art Director Mike Sund on this title, as well as co-illustrator Denise Shimabukuro. Denise provided the pencil drawings, and I created the final digital paintings. The direction was to create a hand-painted acrylic/gouache look, which I achieved with a variety of Photoshop brushes.
I’m very proud of the final product, a 32 page hardback book released in 2015.