More from the beach this week. Even when ostensibly relaxing, people are often surprisingly busy and industrious…
Here are a few sketches of people on the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay, where I’ve been staying. The weather across the week was changeable so the beach-goers ranged from sunbathers to determined British holidaymakers braving elements with ice-cream stubbornly in hand. The couple in deckchairs had even come equipped with umbrellas, which came out a couple of times. I really enjoyed sketching from life, trying to capture people before they moved on. There’s nothing like it for getting you to take notice of you surroundings.
Here’s another original page from Jack’s Worry, before it was scanned in and the final text added. This is from the opening pages of Jack doing his favourite thing – playing the trumpet. I used messy, punchy paint splats in brassy colours to show the music – that’s how I would imagine trumpet music would look if you could see it.
Here’s an early colour sample from when I was designing the look of the characters for Jack’s Worry. In the end I did away with a mouth for the Worry and gave it more a look of anguished blankness.
But in any case, this is how it starts to look for Jack when it starts to get really worrying.
This was an early, unused idea for the endpapers for Jack’s Worry. While I quite like it there was also a thought that the sight of so many worries might itself be worrying for some readers.