The Creation of Betty the Bee

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When I first decided to start this process of writing and illustrating children’s books, I knew I had to start with character development. Seen as though Betty the Bee and the Birthday Blow Out was the first book to be released I thought I would share with you how Betty came to look like Betty. What a fun process this was. It all started with a few pencil drawings…

The very first drawings of Betty:

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I attempted colour at this stage and explored whether I should use a thick or thin outline, pencils for colouring and which colours would work etc:

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I knew at this stage that Betty’s character was a lot more feisty than what I was drawing and that she needed to be more human-like (anthropomorphic).

So this is what evolved from there:

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She still didn’t feel quite right. I felt she needed to be more feminine, so this is what developed from there:

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Voilà! Betty the Bee in full colour!

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Betty on the first page of the book – Betty the Bee and the Birthday Blow Out.
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  1. Marie Franklin says: November 17, 2013
    • Lisa Melrose says: December 9, 2013

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