“The Snail and the Rose Tree” Book Cover Illustration

Last week in Lilla Roger’s class was children’s book illustration week! As I talked about in my previous post our main assignment was to illustrate the cover or a two-page spread for the melancholy story by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Snail and the Rose Tree.” This is what I came up with! The artwork was done using traditional mediums (gouache, ink, and conte), then compiled in Photoshop. The lettering is also all hand done with the tablet, although I did play with using painted typography as well.

In my interpretation, the snail is brightly colored and his expression is the only sour looking thing about him here. In the story, the snail constantly states his grand plans to do something amazing and evolve beyond everyone else, criticizing the rose tree for *simply* making beautiful flower, but in the end does nothing with his life. I wanted to enhance his verbal remarks and show him as “peacocking” in a manner of sorts through the colors and patterns on his body. This was fun but took quite a while to get a hold of my concept! I’d like to try some more of my own story adaptations 🙂