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Dishonesty Spider Art Evolution

Currently, I am working on finishing up the illustrations and the cover art for my second children’s character-building karate picture book. The antagonist in it is Dishonesty. I decided to use a spider monster to symbolize this negative character trait. Have you heard this Walter Scott quote? “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” It kept coming to mind while I worked on this story. Here’s my first concept art for illustrating the dishonesty spider.

children's picture book concept art for dishonesty spider

Jumping Spiders Influenced Dishonesty Spider Sketches

Part of the problem was that these spiders are too cute and friendly. The spider is the bad guy in my story. I have nothing against spiders, in fact I respect and even like them. Especially jumping spiders. In my research I came across one of the cutest little jumping spiders ever. Have you seen Lucas? He’s likely to make you smile. Here’s Lucas on video on Digg and on LaughingSquid.

Anyway, for my book illustrations, jumping spiders are just too cute.

close-up of a cute jumping spider
cute jumping spider

And too beautiful.

beautiful jumping spider

In my book, the Dishonesty spider sneaks in to Michi’s and Makoto’s lives. It weaves a tangled web and puts their very friendship into dire danger. It will take some major truth and character work if they are going to continue to be friends. For the illustrations, I had to make the spider more sinister looking, more like this one.

close-up of black widow
black widow spider

I looked at more ominous and serious-looking spider pictures. After some advice from one of my art critiquers, I came up with this for my second round of concept art.

Dishonesty spider concept art with colors

And some of these stuck to give me the version of the Dishonesty spider used in my second children’s picture book on battling dishonesty and working toward the truth. That will be available soon. In the meantime, here’s more information on my first children’s picture book on building character and defeating laziness and procrastination.

-Jenifer Tull-Gauger

Jenifer Tull-Gauger Kyoshi

Children's picture book author/illustrator. Traditional karate teacher and practitioner. Loves drawing and all kinds of art. Also into animals, plants and Mother Nature.

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  1. Cecilia Fleming

    Like the green spider

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