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:
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:
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.