Yasmine’s Robot is a picture book I’ve written about a little girl with her own robot called Chip. Yasmine and Chip have so much fun together until she discovers that other children have robots too, but theirs are incredibly smooth, shiny and modern…
Before creating sample pages for the story I wanted to work out exactly how the characters would look. It took quite a few sketches to come up with a robot design I was happy with, particularly as I’d never drawn anything like that before. Chip is a robot created by Yasmine’s Dad, who’s been adapted over the years, and has an ‘old school’ look. He’s the perfect humorous book character as you never know what he’ll do next. The main thing I wanted to get accross visually is that he’s a robot with personality!
The second image is a background character with his shiny modern robot. This was more of a challenge as the robot doesn’t have any distinguishing features. I see the modern robots as the equivalent to slick mobile phones – they can do so much, but are they a bit boring? I like the idea of the robot changing to suit the needs of the child, but it was difficult to create the look of the body as a screen for a computer game as it has to be immediately clear to the reader. Next in store for Yasmine’s Robot will be the creation of a storyboard and a couple of sample pages to submit to publishers.
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