KELLY EGAN
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The Witches

I re-illustrated one of my favorite books growing up; The Witches by Roald Dahl. I focused on story telling through imagery, conceptual character design, typography, color use, and aesthetic for children to enjoy. Since the book is originally 200 pages I chose moments that makes the reader understand the plot, so they could focus on enjoying the illustrations. Throughout the story main characters go through a lot of physical transformations, so it was my goal to make sure the reader instantly recognizes the character and what state they are in. A limited color palette contrasts the bold black and white marks while keeping everything cohesive. I used a sketchy pen line style as it’s most natural to me, and I think it pays homage yet doesn’t perfectly imitate the original illustrations by Quentin Blake. Special qualities of the book include a crazy massive fold out spread of a crowd of witches and a book cover disguise.

Art Direction: Paul Kepple

Photography: Austen Hart

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