In Shearing Time, Shane thought about each of the characters in the story (including the animals) and imagined what their back-story might be. This could be about the clothes they wear, the car they drive, even the drink bottles of the shearers. Shane remembered the country houses and the old sheds he used to visit when he was a boy and added these details into the illustrations. For example, in the kitchen you will see that the sink has THREE taps, one for hot, one for cold and the third for tank water, it looks just like the kitchen on the farm!
Shane likes to draw the old-fashioned way with pencil and paper first, and then scans them into Photoshop. Using a drawing tablet he then gives the pictures colour, adding shadows and textures and trying all types of things.
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