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“The Can-Do Karate Kid” Color Testing

My first children’s picture book, The Can-Do Karate Kid, came out in May of this year. Now I’m working on illustrations for the next one. I had to do some color testing for Michi, one of the main characters in the second book. In doing so, I came across some of the color tests for the first book.

It’s fun looking back at this part of my children’s picture book adventure. That’s why I decided to share with you. Here’s a peek at the colors I considered for the lead characters. The boy, Makoto, is the protagonist. The slug monster is named Laziness. And the snail monster is Procrastination in the book The Can-Do Karate Kid.

multiple color variations test for The Can-Do Karate Kid illustrations

And after careful consideration, these are the colors I chose for the characters:

examples of colors used for the main characters in The Can-Do Karate Kid

My main aim in choosing colors was to keep it bright and fun. I knew the backgrounds would need to be simple in order to make the eBook and the print version of the book as similar as possible. We won’t be going back and changing colors now, but just for fun, what do you think? Do you have a preference for any of the other color considerations in the test above? If so, why?

-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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