Monthly Archives: June 2014

Trying to fit in

Hi everyone,

I have recently presented a new family of very fashionable looking characters to accompany Tiger on his adventures. Of course, now that I know what the characters look like, I have since had the job of inserting them into ready built scenes and situations.

Here are some layout tracings, where I had to draw the characters’ and their positions upon the scene at hand:

fit in 2
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fit in 3
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fit in 4
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Once I was able to get the positioning of each character right, I then had to draw them up properly and hope that they fitted in smoothly with the rest of the scene. Here were the results:

As things are continuing to build and build, I now feel that the biggest thing missing is the accompanying scenery. Some pages work better plain or with a small image amongst a clean slate, but I am missing a large amount of scenery in general, and having come up with these results so far, and viewing them in their current state, I feel that the drawing up of scenery needs to be my next step.

I am currently pulling together some scenery ideas, and drawing them into ready made scenes in the same way as I did my characters.

Family and giraffe
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Family and motorbike
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Here are some sketches, along with ideas of graphic styles to incorporate into the surroundings…

City fit 1City fit 2City fit 3City street 2City street

graphic 1graphic 3graphic 4graphic 5

So there you have it.

I see this as being quite a major and perhaps a final step in the creation of full on storybook illustrations. Of course I shall look forward to presenting you with my updates as I go along, and we can debate certain things which look good, bad, better or worse.

For now, I shall love you and leave you with this blog entry, which has quite a lot of imagery!

Until next time, take care.



Meet the family!

Hi everyone,

I am proud to finally be able to present Tiger’s family.

It took me a while to decide on exactly who Tiger should live with, but I did eventually decide on a full on family, made up of a mum, dad, son and daughter.

Copyright (c) 2012 - 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2015 Rachel Denison

I have named the son and daughter Brady and Clancy, which I thought were cute names and ones that are also not heard too often. Their parents will just be known as mum and dad for the time being, as I have still not decided on a name, and maybe it will just be better that way. Recently I noticed a hint of disappointment on a breakfast show presenter’s face when he learned of Mr Benn’s first name, you mean his name wasn’t just Mr Benn?! So maybe a lack of name is somewhat inspired.

Tiger and girl
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Tiger and boy 8
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Tiger and boy 9
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A large amount of Tiger’s time will be spent with either Brady or Clancy. Brady has required a lot of patience, as I have been working with striped collage for his jumper, whereas Clancy’s top has drawn on texture with watercolour shading.

I am now in the process of developing other sketches up to this standard and then working on bringing finalised stories together. I have recently finished a temporary job, so whilst looking out for new opportunities, I am keeping myself busy with this happy family!

I am yet to really consider the characters’ hobbies and interests, and what would really make them stand out, but this will begin to develop with a bit of time, and I shall look forward to seeing it all blossom.

Until next time, enjoy yourselves and take care!

Best wishes from Tiger, Brady, Clancy, Mum, Dad, and not forgetting me!