How I Illustrated the Giant For Baby’s First ABC Book
I love learning how things work behind-the-scenes, and so I thought you may find this interesting too. I’ve had this project on the back burner for quite some time but I’m proud to say I finally completed my Baby’s First ABC Book!
This is a great baby gift and baby shower activity that you may use in place of a traditional guest signing book, but I was also thinking of a special way to involve the whole family without throwing a baby shower.

I admit, I’d love to have a Baby Sprinkle Party, but it’s not the most practical expectation for someone with a large family like myself.

The idea is to create a family activity where we all participate in coloring pages for each letter of the alphabet and then compile it into a little ABC book.

After the page is colored in, there is a little space at the bottom to allow that person to sign and add a brief note to the baby.

What a precious way for the whole family to embrace the new baby’s arrival while making everyone feel like an important part of the family.

In the end, we have a keepsake and story that the whole family will enjoy for the upcoming years.

Regarding the Giant, I’ve attached a sample image of the letter “G” coloring page. You may right click and download this page for personal use, and see what it looks like up close.

If you decide to try it out, please do me a favor and post a picture of you or your child’s colored page by tagging #chewchoos on Instagram or Facebook so I can reshare it for others to see.

Are you curious how I create these unique digital illustrations?

Luckily, I remembered to record early on in my creative process after making a rough draft of the giant (for the letter G page).

I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6. Sometimes I draw with a wacom pad, and other times with the mouse.

You will see in the video below, I make several back up copies as I go… just in case I make a mistake, It’s a lot easier to go back a few steps.

The line art is the hardest part, and I spend a great deal of time making sure all the lines are nice and clean. This can take me anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to finish one piece.

Don’t worry, I sped up the video so it’s around 7 minutes long. Let me know in the comments section if you enjoyed this, and whether or not you’d like to see more 🙂


If you are interested in getting a copy of the full DIY ABC Coloring Book, it is currently available for download at my Etsy shop. If you are a loyal subscriber, please check your email for a special coupon.
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About Annie

Hi, I'm Annie! I'm an engineer's wife and mom to 6 beautiful children, including twins. I love to learn everything I can when I'm not chasing down a stray child or two. I like being immersed in creative activities like playing violin, drawing illustrations, and designing baby shower printables.

January 6, 2019