HOW THE BOOK WAS MADE

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The idea for Love from Australia came to me about 4 years ago when my family and I moved to Sydney. Over the next few years, we travelled around the country and discovered extraordinary creatures and landscapes. We saw creatures unlike anything else - anywhere in the world. And it wasn't just the animals we came across in the bush but also those in our own back yard: rainbow coloured beetles, flying foxes swooping overhead and the distinctive cry of the laughing kookaburra.

 

These experiences led me to create this book about a child travelling around Australia and writing postcards about all the animals she discovers. 

The illustrations are made by hand in collage. Below are a series of photos and videos detailing the stages - from early sketches to final artwork. 

Get crafty! Have a go at making your own collage creatures - see crafty ideas and download craft activity sheets.

ROUGH SKETCHES & 

PREPPING PAPER

Character Sketches
Character Sketches

Early character sketches. Copyright Ruth Waters

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Sketching the front cover
Sketching the front cover

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Colour palette
Colour palette

Colour palette - Love from Australia

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Character Sketches
Character Sketches

Early character sketches. Copyright Ruth Waters

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First is to write the story! Next sketch the main characters and then work on the storyboard. I then decide on the colour palette and paint the paper that I will use to make all the illustrations.  I paint with old brushes, rollers and sponges to make a range of textures. 

WORKING ON FINAL ARTWORK

Making a dingo
Making a dingo

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Making a turtle
Making a turtle

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Leaping kanagroo
Leaping kanagroo

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Making a dingo
Making a dingo

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For this book I created all the illustrations by hand using collage. I make each individual piece first and then the background and then stick it all together. It's definitely a labour of love!

VIDEOS OF THE MAKING PROCESS

Here are a series of videos of me making the characters from the book. During the entire process I send the publisher Little Hare Books regular photos of the artwork to find out what they think and whether any changes need to be made. 

FINAL ARTWORK - close up

Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil

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Koalas near Melbourne
Koalas near Melbourne

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Turtles, sharks at the Great Barrier Reef
Turtles, sharks at the Great Barrier Reef

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Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil

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Here are some close-ups of the final artwork. Once the artwork is finished, I send the illustrations to the publisher to scan, design and add text.  The entire process takes approximately one year - from rough sketches to printing the books.

FINAL ARTWORK - close up with text

Love from the Great Barrier Reef
Love from the Great Barrier Reef

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Love from Kangaroo Island
Love from Kangaroo Island

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Love from Australia
Love from Australia

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Love from the Great Barrier Reef
Love from the Great Barrier Reef

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