Sneak peak! I have begun my educational piece for my Children's Book Market class. We were to select an animal and develop an informational poster (for ages 8-12), including it's eating habits, habitat ect. I chose the Leather Back Sea Turtle.
They are the largest turtle in the world! and have a lineage of 70 million years, outliving the extinction of the dinosaurs! The best part is that not many people know such a beautiful creature exists. Which also presented a difficult problem in regards to research. I watched tons of videos, read books and delved into the internet ocean. From there I developed some sketches.
The most significant part of this animal is their lack of a hard shell. Instead they have a layer of leather like skin that covers a mosaic of bones which is enveloped in a layer of fat. (hence their name). Allowing them to dive to extreme depths of 4,000 feet and survive migratory lengths from as far as Canada to New Zealand.
My first layouts were a total bust. I wanted to fit too much in too small of a space.
Back to the drawing board! I decided to focus on the breakdown of the inside of the turtle.
Still a little crowded...I will be finalizing my layout this weekend. Stay posted for the final value comp and soon the color! Want to learn more about these amazing creatures? Check out this awesome video! (be warned there are some blood and guts).