Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Candlewick, 2014, reissue (originally by Hamish Hamilton Children’s Books, 1988)
Themes: bears, drawing, imagination
Opening: Bear went for a walk.
Summary: (from my library catalog) As Bear walks in the forest, with pencil in hand, he meets several grumpy forest dwellers and knows just what to do for them.
I like this book because: I know Anthony Browne’s work, I love Anthony Browne’s work. With a passion! But I had NO IDEA this was his artwork when I picked the book off the shelf and started reading it. NO idea until I got to the LAST page. Almost like deja vu! Possibly a nod to Harald and the Purple Crayon, but with a simplicity and a charm all it’s own!
Resources/activities: draw something you imagine would change the mood of persons or things you encounter on a walk, ride, or drive – maybe from your path to/from school.
For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE
…and character development. By sketching, doodling, drawing every day (thanks to SkADaMo challenges with Linda Silvestri and Alison Kipnis Hertz’s Doodle Day fb group) I have become aware that a lot of my creative process does not take place in my head, but though visual communication with my hand. Sound crazy to anyone? The shape of one curve often interests me enough to change the way I’m drawing a character from the visual I had in my head. Often ‘accidents’ happen that are more appealing than what I was attempting. I thought I’d share an example – how I came upon an alpaca while trying to draw a dog!
So here was one attempt at a dog, utilizing black so that I could concentrate more on the shape and how it was working for me. It wasn’t. Do I want this dog to have more anthropomorphic qualities? Should he be able to stand on two legs? Hold on to it, but create a new file.
Fun lines, but this did NOT look like a dog to me! Nope! Next…
Now I have really taken a departure form the canine world! but now I see something quite different, a different species altogether…’follow your nose, Julie’…another file!
Now I see, it’s an alpaca! But so stiff! I’ll play, and add color too…
No dog created, but I found this delightful creature! So I allow myself to write a crappy story draft, and draw crappy sketches – a workable piece could be in the next file!