During the January 2022 live monthly felting class, I continued needle felting a picture of a sleeping child, one of the two characters featured on my next book cover. As I usually do, I took pictures throughout the process, which are included on the final lesson page. I also shared progress in real-time on my Instagram page throughout the development of this illustration. Be sure to follow me on Insta! I hope the following images spark a bit of creativity and inspiration.
Composition Thumbnail Sketch
I prepped for this illustration with a thumbnail sketch and completed a great deal of the needle felted wool painting prior to class.
Felting A Child’s Bedroom
Over the course of two weeks, I used my 4:00 am quiet time to steadily develop the bedroom with a nightstand scattered with toys, blanket, and pillows all framing the sleeping child. The sunspot sitting bedside has a very special meaning in the story and it is flooding the child’s face with light. Like my other felted artwork, I started with a thick, sturdy wool base that has a wool hanging hook already attached to the back.
Felting Fairy Wings
With the toys and sunspot situated on the nightstand, the next step was to build the Sun Fairy. When I add fairies to my illustrations I use two methods, 1. I needle felt a 3-dimensional doll that is attached to the base illustration (as I’ve done here), or 2. I felt the figure in 2-dimensions directly onto the base and the figure only slightly pops out of the surface plane of the picture.
As soon as the live January lesson ended I closed out Zoom and stepped away from the illustration. Once I looked at it from a greater distance it occurred to me that the child’s chin was much longer than you would typically see on a six to seven-year-old child (the target age). With a few quick upward motions of my felting needle, the length of the chin shrunk quickly and it now looks much more like a young child.
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