Furry Friends!

Earlier this year, Scholastic asked me to illustrate the new series from children's bestselling superstar, Holly Webb. The series is called Furry Friends, and the first title Sophie's Squeaky Surprise, is hot off the press this week!! 

The first cover. Check out that macaroon tower!

The first cover. Check out that macaroon tower!

The series follows Sophie, a little girl who has moved from London to Paris. Sophie is a bit unhappy in her new school, and finds adapting to a new country rather difficult... until she befriends Josephine, a macaroon-eating, tutu-wearing guinea pig, and things become a lot more interesting!!

I have thoroughly enjoyed illustrating this series so far. The character design for the guinea pigs was great fun - we had to think about how far we wanted to anthropomorphise Josephine and her friends, and also tackle the scale difference for a guinea-pig and human friendship.

Guinea pig studies

Guinea pig studies

Development of Sophie and the scale between her and Josephine

Development of Sophie and the scale between her and Josephine

It's also been very interesting working on a series with a real life location - lots of Parisian locations are central to the books storyline. I've had pictures of Paris surrounding my desk, and particularly enjoyed this detailed scene of Josephine pirouetting down a guinea pig sized Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versaille!

Have a look at a couple more images from the book over on my portfolio page here.

I'm already looking forward to illustrating the next one!

Clare x