The idea: a lot of books representing the stands and interior elements like doors and stairs and people doing all sorts of things with those book.
Looking for characters and their position. I was inspired by the map of the book fair to come up with the space that was needed for the title and other information.
Mixing the characters with the books.
Looking for the final composition. I added some characters and had to lose a few too. The client wanted to see all the aspects of the book fair in the illustration: book signing, lectures, workshops,...
The final artwork. I had to change a few things digitally like erasing 'boekenbeer' on one of the covers and adding a mic to the lady at the bottom.