Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How To Illustrate A Puppet

Being asked by Robb Killen of Killen Creations to illustrate four children's books was not only flattering, but challenging as well. You see, Robb's main character Webster is a puppet in which he uses in the Nashville Public school system third and fourth grade classrooms to teach lessons on dignity. He also has a club titled the P.O.D. Squad (People Of Dignity). Webster also has a DVD series in which all of his co-stars are humans! Therefore, when sitting down with paper and pencil in hand, my little friend was easy enough to draw, but what about his human family and friends who were written into his books? After drawing them "human-like", Robb and I decided to "puppetize" them (if there is such a word)! Here are the sketches I came up with for the first book about "Feelings" where Webster goes on a camping trip with his Uncle Charley and his cousin Roy.


  1. Hi Rebecca,
    Thanks for giving us a sneak peek at this work-in-progress! It looks like a very worthy cause & lots of fun too.

  2. Hi Rebecca
    Looks like a great start on your project. After checking out Webster's website, I can see you have really captured him well. I think you also might have coined a new word:puppetize!(grin) But it describes so well what your sketches follow thru on in their stylization. Make sure and show us some samples of the finished works. Good luck!