Evolution of an Illustration Page

For our next children's book "Bettina Creates a Garden", we needed a creative page where some story text could go. Here's the artistic evolution of this illustration page.

Jean in art studio working on page for Bettina Creates a Garden 2022
Jean in art studio working on page for Bettina Creates a Garden 2022

We developed the idea of having a page with a collage of painted borders that could surround the text. We would use a previously painted panel by Jean that was filled with plants and flowers and then Jean would add to that with similarly themed artwork.

Work in Progress Text border design illustration by Jean Tori 2022
Work in Progress Text border design illustration by Jean Tori 2022

Here's Jean painting a rose-inspired panel.

Jean Painting Rose Border for Text Page 2022
Jean Painting Rose Border for Text Page 2022

Here is a flower design painted by Jean in various shades of orange. The illustration page continues with some drawings of stone dog and ship columns.

Orange design for text page for Bettina Creates a Garden book Jean Tori 2022
Orange design for text page for Bettina Creates a Garden book Jean Tori 2022

Here's the final version of the border of illustrations. The text will eventually be situated on the blue section. Not your usual children's book design, but definitely a unique original.

Illustrative Border of Text Page by Jean Tori 2022

For more about Jean's artwork visit www.jeantoriartwork.com