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Monday, March 24, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
In January I gave a series of talk at Kindling Words east and can now share a bit of what I talked about during the breakout sessions with the illustrators. May 27th will mark the release date of Sleepytime Me by Edith Fine, my next book with Random house so it best to focus on this title for this series of posts.
First I need to address the question of why I am using digital tools. Not for myself, but because I am asked...all the time. Technique and materials are really of little interest to me. Photoshop is a tool. Pastels and charcoal are tools. I am more interested in what you create with them. However, the question is always in the air so I will give you the cliff notes version of my thinking on the debate.
I started using photoshop when I began work as a visual development artist working on animated films and have found the program to be an invaluable tool in my book production work. First a quick note to all the skeptics who ask: "Don't you miss traditional materials?"Quick answer: No. While there is a learning curve, I have been able to customize my tools to create a process that not only replicates my traditional technique but removes many of the limitations of working in pastel and acrylic. Here are two examples of work. The one on the left is from my pastel work on the Redwall picture books, the image on the right is a detail from my book due out at the end of August 2014, Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise. The image on the right was created using only digital tools.
In the next post I will focus on the previously time consuming process of creating a bookmap with Photoshop.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A few years ago I was asked to create illustrations for a lovely poem/story called "If I Could" by Susan Milord. The story had few details and once again my art director at Candlewick press gave me the freedom and support to produce a series of images that were personal and captured those special moments shared by a little one and his/her parent or grandparent. I loved this project and brought so much of my personal experiences to the finished art. The beach is the one just down the street from the studio and yes, I have bundled up in a blanket with my own kids and watched the stars!
This original painting was just posted at my ETSY shop.
Monday, March 10, 2014
I am often asked about prints of my work but have been reluctant to partner with a printer. Finding a press that could offer the quality and consistency that I was looking for was a challenge. I am happy to announce that we finally have a print available for purchase! I teamed up with the incredible folks at Tiny Showcase to produce a gorgeous limited edition print from my much loved book, "Me With You". All of the artwork for this book was produced digitally so this is the first time that any of it is available for purchase.
This large print edition measures roughly 21.25" wide by 13.25" tall. Each print ships with a corresponding certificate of authenticity. The archival artwork has been printed on a heavy 290gsm natural white printmaking paper made from 90% bamboo fibers and 10% cotton.