This is Banjo Paterson Day 2 - a peek at the pages

Friday, 27 January 2017

Christina Booth's divine watercolour illustrations so beautifully brought Banjo's story to life, in these backyard play scenes (more about the parallel visual storyline on my blog tomorrow).

With children playing key figures in Banjo's life story (even the hobby horses!), we're taken on a journey through the life of an extraordinary man, who was not only a prolific poet, but so very much more.

The aim of these images was to make Banjo's life accessible to the very young (ages 3 - 8) in a way that's not been done before. Even children in early education need to be exposed to inspiring and life-altering stories of real life people that once so deeply affected--and continue to do so--our lives, our history and where we are going.

Enjoy these page peeks. My favourite page of all is the final scene at the end of Banjo's life--it brings a tear to my eye every time I see it, and of course it includes one of Banjo's most famous poems--The Man from Snowy River. You'll have to grab a copy of the book to see it!

Following are some of Christina's roughs for This is Banjo Paterson. Roughs help 'visualise' the storyline and where it's going, ensuring the illustrations perfectly carry the text, and also provide pacing and drama. Roughs are always so fascinating to see! I hope you enjoy them. To me, they are just as beautiful as the end result. Note the changes that were made along the way!

Stay tuned for Day 3, where you'll learn about the inspiration for the book's unusual image storyline. Click here for the full list of launch posts.

Join Tania on Periscope on Friday 17 February at 1pm AEDST, where 
she will be chatting about the book live from the National Library, 
and showing various priceless Banjo Paterson items, 
along with original artwork by Christina Booth!

And for those in or near Canberra ...
Book Launch - This is Banjo Paterson
Sunday 12 February 2017
National Library of Australia

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