THE COOL BEAN | Illustrating the Character

THE COOL BEAN | Illustrating the Character


Hello there, my name is Pete Oswald. I’m the illustrator of The Bad Seed,
The Good Egg, and our newest book The Cool Bean. Today, I wanna show you how
I designed The Cool Bean by using a mixture of pencil and real paint. I’ll first start with
drawing the character. [MUSIC] The Cool Bean,
he’s a garbanzo bean and he’s round. What’s so great about The Cool Beans and,
The Cool Bean, and The Bad Seed, and
The Good Egg is that they’re appealing. I think ultimately when we’re
designing these characters and coming up with the look, we want a look, a design that appeals to people and
that people can relate to. And the other thing I think about
when designing these characters is, how is this character going to emote? And that’s why I give
them these large eyes. And Garbanzo, he’s a little bit wider
than some of the other characters. And he wears this really cute bow tie,
which he likes to keep nice and tight. Here’s his legs, the other arm. He’s got these four
kinda wild hairs up top. [MUSIC] And what I love about The Cool Bean
is that he is himself. He is unique, and through the story, he learns that being
cool is about being kind. [MUSIC] So once I’ve drawn him, I will transfer
it to what is called a frisket, which is like a giant sticker,
and I’ll trace him on here. [MUSIC] And once I’ve transferred the drawing
onto this frisket, I unpeel. It’s called frisket paper and
it’s a big sticker. Put it down on the illustration board. [MUSIC] I usually take a paper towel or something that I can rub over it to
get any bubbles out or anything. Make sure that the frisket
is sticking to the paper. And then I take my exacto knife, careful
it’s sharp, and cut out silhouette. And ultimately what this allows me to
do is to keep the exterior of his body, keep that line really sharp,
while the rest of the the body shape, and not getting it through on
the other side of the paper. So I rip that off and
now I can start painting. [MUSIC] So The Cool Bean,
he’s a garbanzo bean so, get his color. [MUSIC] It’s kind of a little yellowish. And I’m using gouache acrylic paint,
which I like, because it dries quick and it’s opaque. And then you can also water them down and
treat them like water colors as well. So I got his body in there. He’s got this little kind of widow’s
peak at the top of his head here. Okay, we got that in, and now, [MUSIC] We’re going to paint his eyes. His eyes are white. [MUSIC] A favorite part of his character for
me to paint are his little pink cheeks. I think it adds to some of the cuteness. [MUSIC] So this part is really fun. That’s kind of the beginning
of the reveal of the character when I unpeel this frisket. Afterwards we can add his legs and
his eyes and his hair. So we’ll peel it just get off, and
there he has a really nice silhouette. [MUSIC] Two little details left,
and his hair up top. [MUSIC] [SOUND] How I also do my hair. [MUSIC] All right, this is the completed
painting of The Cool Bean. I think he turned out all right. [MUSIC] Thank you. [MUSIC]

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