This is a guest post from Layla and the Bots illustrator Christine Nishiyama.
Hi there! I'm Christine Nishiyama, illustrator of the Layla and the Bots series! When Scholastic approached me about illustrating this series, I was scared! I wasn't sure I'd be able to draw all the things they wanted me to draw. The series has a lot of big, complicated things in it, like roller coasters and go-karts and imaginary machines, not to mention four main characters!
But I knew I couldn't say no. And over the past year, I've drawn so many new things—more than I thought I could! I really enjoyed coming up with the looks of Layla, Beep, Boop, and Bop. They have such unique personalities and I had so much fun developing their character designs to reflect those quirks.
It's normal to be scared of something new, and maybe you're thinking you couldn't draw some of these things too. But things often seem harder to draw than they actually are, and I bet you can draw more than you think!
So c'mon and draw the bots with me! I've written out the steps below, so let's draw them together!
Parents: I'd love to see your kid's bot drawings! If you like, please share with me @might_could on Instagram!
Thanks for drawing with me and I hope you get a chance to read the book so you can meet Layla and the Bots!
You can also download this activity here.
Layla and the Bots is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! To learn more about the Branches line, click here.