Contrary to popular belief, the iconic golden lamp is not the only place to find a genie. Some genies, like Paige, prefer the cylindrical interior of a small scuba tank.
While I continue to work on my character redesign sheets for the rest of the Ballooning cast (see Chester, Jasper, and Paige), I thought it would be fun to do a mock interior illustration for Ballooning. I envision Ballooning being filled with fun illustrations, including full-page spreads and spots above chapter headings. After all, the subject matter lends itself well to illustration, so why not take advantage of it?
Chester’s bedroom is as fun to write as it is to draw. His room is lit by twinkle lights fed into colorful glass bottles, and his chair, or “throne” as he likes to call it, is fashioned out of welded street signs. He dispenses clean socks from a restored vending machine and sleeps in a gutted 1950’s-style refrigerator. He’s only shut the lid on himself once.
Although I initially did this illustration in black and white, as it would likely appear in a printed book, I think I’d also like to take it into color. I’ll post it as soon as it’s finished.