Chasing Skinny Rabbits (Part 1)

A few months ago I was hired to do some spot illustrations for a new book for the Christian market entitled Chasing Skinny Rabbits, written by John Trent and published by Thomas Nelson. The concept is that, like a hunting dog chasing a scrawny rabbit, there are “skinny rabbits” in life that can lead Christians away from obeying God, until we eventually discover that we are on a rabbit trail chasing a thin and wasted substitute for obedience.

The book was just released, so I can show some of the illustrations that I did. The original idea was to create a humorous but villainous “skinny rabbit” character that would appear in various spot illustrations throughout the book. Here’s a few concept sketches and the final design:

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I then created a series of interior illustrations for the book featuring this character, and also a rough mock-up for the cover. Here’s a few samples:

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After the artwork was completed, the publisher decided they wanted to go in a slightly different direction. Instead of one negative rabbit character, they wanted to populate the book with a variety of skinny rabbits that were more pleasant, or at least neutral. So with the publication deadline looming, I re-illustrated the entire book from scratch. (I was of course paid extra for my trouble). I’ll post a few of those illustrations tomorrow.

Chasing Skinny Rabbits can be purchased here.

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3 thoughts on “Chasing Skinny Rabbits (Part 1)

  1. These are really fun, Cedric! Cool stuff. I like that the ears aren’t attached, but still continue the flow in the drawings. They feel attached, even though they aren’t. Very cool.

    ~R

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