While I was finishing up The Wonderful World of Creatures and Code, I was contacted by Beth and Randall about a story of a special Leprechaun they felt my illustration style would be perfect for. This was a story that Beth had told scores of her students and wanted help bringing it to life. I had the privilege of working with Beth and Randall to illustrate Liam's story. It was a great collaborative effort that resulted in a fun and colorful story that is easy to relate to. The Legend of Liam the Leprechaun, a classic tale that takes an unexpected twist when a very different character shows that happiness cannot be bought.
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After our initial discussion, I started off with some character studies to try to understand who Liam was and how that would influence his look. Below are a few of those sketches. A good deal of time was spent researching characters and playing around with the drawing style.
Once the character of Liam was discovered, I moved on to sketching each page. This process usually starts off fairly loose and tightens up after a few sets of revisions.
Once each sketch is finalized, I illustrated the full-color version.