A big thank you to Chris Tugeau and Christy Tugeau Ewers for taking the time to give feedback on these illustrations. And thank you to Kathleen Temean for posting. I found this article long after it was posted, but the information is still extremely helpful. These illustrations are both in the upcoming book, Little Mouse Finds A Friend, by Jeni Leidenfrost, (Jovial Press), to be released November 1st.
CHRISTY: Immediately, I am drawn to the perspective used in both of these. The artist’s use of foreground/middle ground/background gives both of these illustrations an interesting dimension. More elements are revealed the longer the viewer looks at the image, which I really like.
This little mouse character is adorable (I like his hat!) and his subtle expressions are sweet. I think mice have less “finger-like” paws than he seems to have, and his feet/back paws are a little creepy, but it’s understood that he’s anthropomorphic, so it could work.
I have a few questions that may make these images a little more clear. One, is the caterpillar hiding behind that leaf? It appears as though the mouse can see him, given the look on his face, but the way the leaf is, it would block his view of the caterpillar. If the artist intended for the caterpillar to be hiding…
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