Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis Website

By heather at 3:27 pm on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

bookie and the scoliosis diagnosis picture childrens educational book

I realized I never posted about the launch of the ScoliosisDiagnosis.com website, featuring Nina Saab’s book (and my!) “Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis.” It’s a light-hearted picture book for kids aimed to educate as well as raise awareness of the detection and treatment of scoliosis at an early age.

Filed under: illustrations, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis Leave A Comment »

Bookie And the Scoliosis Diagnosis | Books Arrived!

By heather at 7:40 pm on Tuesday, August 26, 2008

bookie and the scoliosis diagnosis books everbest printing children's book

Eeeee, I’m having a very fun month for exciting packages arriving in the mail… Nina Saab just sent me copies of our book, Bookie & The Scoliosis Diagnosis, yippee! Everbest printing did a great job on the printing, it has a nice feel to it and the colours turned out very close to the original artwork. You can purchase the book here (CDN$21.95), and proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Children’s Hospitals Orthopedic Divisions. Nina also has launched a Scoliosis Diagnosis website with information on scoliosis you can check out here.

Filed under: illustrations, childrens books, business of illustration, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis2 Comments »

Bookie And the Scoliosis Diagnosis | Strutting her stuff

By heather at 6:17 pm on Friday, October 26, 2007

hospital illustration children scoliosis

Two more down, only six more illustrations to go before “Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis” is finished!

hospital sports volleyball illustration children scoliosis

Filed under: work in progress, childrens books, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis Leave A Comment »

Bookie And the Scoliosis Diagnosis | Mr. Plastic

By heather at 3:28 pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2007

scoliosis illustration children's book brace plastic

Just completed the illustration of Mr. Plastic making Bookie’s brace in Nina Saab’s “Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis.” Watercolour & pencil.

Filed under: work in progress, childrens books, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis1 Comment »

Bookie And the Scoliosis Diagnosis | A couple more…

By heather at 5:49 pm on Friday, October 19, 2007

scoliosis illustration xray x-ray children's book

Here’s a sneak peak at a couple more of the finished illustrations for Nina Saab’s “Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis.” Illustrated in watercolour & pencil.

scoliosis illustration xray x-ray children's book

scoliosis illustration xray x-ray children's book

Filed under: work in progress, childrens books, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis Leave A Comment »

Bookie And the Scoliosis Diagnosis | Ballet Class

By heather at 5:17 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The illustrations for Nina Saab’s “Bookie & The Scoliosis Diagnosis” are coming along well… here’s peak at one of the finished interior illustrations.

scoliosis illustration children ballet

Heather Castles / Nina Saab

I tried a different approach this time that seems to be working for me : after transfering the sketches via artograph onto the illustration board, I went over each illustration darkening all the linework (with an ocre brown) so that I had very clear outlines to work within, almost like a colouring book. Then I carefully laid down the colours I wanted… making sure to not go outside of the lines like my Ma taught me when I was a kid! Normally I like to start really loosely by putting the watercolour washes down roughly first, then tighten up afterwards. But I’ve found illustration board isn’t as forgiving as watercolour paper (it stains easily,) so putting down really deliberate linework, then carefully placing the first wash of watercolour, meant I didn’t have as much pencil work to do later to make the illustration pop, saving me time.

On a personal note… I think the baby particularly likes this story, as it seems to kick around quite a bit while I’m illustrating it in the mornings! I’m 22 weeks pregnant now, and with my growing belly I’m finding I’m not able to hunch over quite as much as I did before when painting… good for my posture I guess!

Filed under: work in progress, illustrations, childrens books, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis Leave A Comment »

Bookie And the Scoliosis Diagnosis | First watercolour layer

By heather at 4:43 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

scoliosis childrens book illustration

Thought I’d post a sneak peak at the watercolours for the book I’m illustrating for Nina Saab on scoliosis… this is just the first couple watercolour layers, once I go over with darker colours & pencil the details will pop a lot more.

scoliosis childrens book illustration

scoliosis childrens book illustration

scoliosis childrens book illustration

scoliosis childrens book illustration (Read on …)

Filed under: work in progress, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis Leave A Comment »

Bookie And the Scoliosis Diagnosis | Sketches

By heather at 4:47 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

scoliosis children story illustration

Illustrations Heather Castles, Story Nina Saab

I’ve been having fun working with author Nina Saab on her first children’s book, “Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis.” Scoliosis is when a person’s spine grows in a curvy ‘S’ shape rather than straight (you can learn more about Scoliosis on Wikipedia.) The story is a lot of fun, with great characters to illustrate. The book is going to be published in time for for the National Scoliosis Day in Ottawa, Canada this coming November 2007, so the deadline is tight, tight, tight! The sketches were approved just this week, and I’ll be starting the watercolour illustrations next week, so stay tuned! Here are a few sketches from the story…

scoliosis children story illustration

The book opens with Bookie’s ballet teacher phoning Bookie’s Mom to tell her she thinks Bookie may have scoliosis. I love the ballet classroom setting, especially for little kids, as I always imagine the cute chaos as all the little angels attempt to do these beautifully graceful poses, all the while simply looking like a bunch of little girls pretending to be princessess in their tutus.

scoliosis children story illustration

While Bookie’s mom is calling Dr. Healy (love her name,) Bookie and her brother listen in. I love it how kids sometimes have to peak up over tables and rails to see what’s going on.

scoliosis children story illustration

Throughout the story, you’ll notice Bookie’s little brother, who is probably like most little brothers and wants to be included in all the action… and he’s right in the action here, whether he’s wanted or not! I love his enthusiasm for what his sister’s going through… even if he’s a little annoying at times, rummaging through doctor’s drawers… but I think he’s cute even if a little too curious!

scoliosis children story illustration

This might be a bit oversimplistic… a big scary box for the X-Ray machine! I went and had an x-ray a few months back, and even though I’m an adult, I still found the unknown machine in front of me a little intimmidating, and couldn’t even remember what it looked like… just that it was big & scary! Which is why I didn’t try to make it exactly like a real X-ray machine… just big & mysterious and a little domineering for poor Bookie!

scoliosis children story illustration

I love the expressions kids get when something scary but fun is about to happen… like getting told you’re going to get hit with a snowball. You tightly close your eyes and bunch up your fists and wait excitedly for it to happen! That’s the feeling I wanted to capture when Bookie was having her first X-ray done.

scoliosis children story illustration

Heh, again Bookie’s little brother is interrupting Dr. Fixie Bones… gotta love him.

Okalie dokalie, will post some snaps of the watercolours once they’re all set up!

Filed under: work in progress, sketches, childrens books, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis4 Comments »