You'd think a mouse would be simple. But when I start on a new character, I'm always overwhelmed by possibility. How realistic or human-like should he be? What medium should I use? Full color or limited palette? How does he move? Here are some various iterations for Bailey Mouse, a book-loving pinyon mouse created for The Children's Book Bank. The popcorn scene is a fun assignment around the word "Blustery."
Portland Book Festival