This is a booklet for The Dorchester and their special offerings for families. They wanted a traditional children's story look so I got to crack out my watercolours and pencils for pretty much the first time since I did GCSE art, which was pretty satisfying. It's like using photoshop but instant.
The booklet stars Doris the duck, the Dorchester mascot, and her 2.4 ducklings.
It's a small A6 booklet that folds out using complicated paper engineering that words can't describe into two big pages that look like this.
I drew a little illustration of Doris for each of the family specific offerings.
Here's Doris having a little me time.
Doris has a princess-themed party.
Doris gets ready for bed her luxury den. Glamping, they call it.
Doris inspired by a trip to the English National Ballet.
It was a really fun project to work on, and I'm definitely proud of how it came out. Thanks to Jade who was the brains behind the whole operation. As I was designing the booklet as well as illustrating it the whole thing is really a product of pretty much just our two little minds, which is pretty satisfying.
Getting Doris' look right took some work though. The family started off like this:
And ballerina Doris like this:
The whole family went from this...
and this before finally ending up as they did - ie. actually looking like ducks. Using paints, pencil and paper mean that these repeated revisions did take a little longer, but I think it was worth it in the end.
And here are some painty type bits I was thinking about throwing in early on.
So that's nice.