Illustration - Picture Books
HOP! Little Hare
Published by Little Hare
Books, with text by Margaret Wild, this charming picture book is all about relationships and growing up. Little
Hare and Grandpa go on a quest. Little Hare hasn’t yet learnt to hop, but when Grandpa needs help, Little Hare does
something so extraordinary he surprises the whole family!
You can buy it online at:
www.angusrobertson.com.au, www.borders.com.au, www.collinsbooks.com.au, or order
through your local bookshop.
Illustrating HOP! Little
After a lengthy period defining the characters, costumes, setting, and style
with the art-director, this story required three redraws on the way
through the process. It took close to 400 hours work by the time I washed out my paint-brush! Was it worth it?
Hell, yeah! And I got to design it as well, so the pics got the typography they
Little Hare's art-director - David
Francis, wanted a soft, nostalgic, water-colour look, reminiscent of Beatrix
Potter, to match the sweet story. I also had to stay right away the character style used for an
already-published book that used hares as the principal
The obvious way to do this
was to put them into clothing and behave more like humans. I started with Victorian clothes, but it all looked too stiff
and starched, so I turned the family into a bunch of peasants or itinerant workers from a non-descript
age that obviously isn't the present. They live in the open like hares, but use some human
The story setting is a place that could be anywhere that has
seasons, to appeal to the North American and European markets. It's also very similar to where I
grew up and now live, in South-Eastern Australia - minus the gum-trees.