The Stormwhale

As I was walking today in WHsmith, I've been looking at the books and saw one I wanted to read a while ago but never got the chance to - The Stormwhale by Benji Davies.
 

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Benji Davies has, definitely, done a great work on writing and illustrating that story.
It's a really sweet story about Noi, a boy living next to the sea with his busy dad, one day after a storm he goes on the beach and meet that whale...

When doing this post, I saw one of his sketch for a page of the book, as an illustrator I love to see how other creative minds go from sketch to final.
Some illustrators can be messy, doing some sketch which doesn't look like the final one at all.
Some, like Benji, are really neat and accurate, designing details after details, refining their drawing.
I'm really admiring.

I like how he used references too for his work.
The world around us is an infinite source of inspiration that we can include in our illustrations and stories.
 

I believe he's done a drawing from a photo, or on site. But when you see the final artwork, it's really cool to see he kept the same colours, shapes from that house. I can imagine the surprise they had if the owners would go into waterstones to buy a book for their grandchildren's.

I believe he's done a drawing from a photo, or on site. But when you see the final artwork, it's really cool to see he kept the same colours, shapes from that house. I can imagine the surprise they had if the owners would go into waterstones to buy a book for their grandchildren's.

And the final picture.

And the final picture.

One thing I'm really interested when meeting other illustrators it's to know how the place they work in looks like. Specially when they've done it for few years, they have sort of a studio or a "creative room".
And voila Benji's one

And before leaving, that's the music I was listening while writing this.
I think I'll share the music I listen on every post, you might discover something who knows.