Americhip Books contacted me in 2008 to illustrate a story about a boy named Cameron who uses various night lights to keep the “monsters” away. It was a fun-sounding concept so of course I said yes!
One of the challenges was laying out the artwork to accommodate a light bulb and “press” button for each spread. The other challenge was keeping the scenery interesting, since the entire story takes place in the same darkened room. A mixture of “camera” angles and closeups helped keep the readers engaged as Cameron tried scaring the monsters with a lamp, a flashlight, and a firefly, among other things.
The final art incorporated rich, dark colors built up in Adobe Photoshop. Below are the layers from scene 3, depicting Cameron’s firefly leaving the room.
General shading, PJ details
Light source, shadows, wall details, final text