2: Make a nocturnal picture
Welcome back! Today I thought I’d share an activity relating to my book, Jacob Starke Loves the Dark. It is exactly the technique I used when I was producing the illustrations for the book.
Don’t forget, I’d love to see the work you produce! You can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, post it on my Peta Rainford’s Facebook page @dogpigeon, or Tweet me @PetaRainford
This would probably work best if you have some black paper. But you could make your own by painting white paper black.
So what do you have to do?
- First step is to create your nocturnal animals like the ones above on a piece of white paper. You can draw and colour your own, or print off the ones I have drawn and colour them in. A printable version is available here
- Next, cut out the animals. Handy hint: it’s best to leave a bit of white space around the shape, rather than risk cutting off an ear or a leg!
- Arrange them on the black paper to create a nocturnal scene. Once you’re happy with the position, stick them down
- Use some light coloured pencils (eg. white, yellow, pale pink, pale blue) to add background details like stars, grass, flowers etc
- For a really professional finish, you can use a black crayon to colour in the white edges of your animals to make them blend in more with the background
You might also like to try these extra challenges:
- use the same technique to create a picture set in space
- write a story or a poem about the picture you have created