This week on my drawing board

This week in MATS class, we're doing children's picture books. The assignment was illustrating the cover or a spread of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare" fable. I saw the tortoise as being a very organized and positive fellow, who would plan out his journey to the "T". I love painting rain scenes, so I threw that in because I wanted to make my painting feel really atmospheric.

Here's the final cover

I began in my sketchbook, and it gave me some ideas for how I might approach a spread. In the end, I decided to do the cover for now, because it's something I want to work on and add to my portfolio.