In a manner that befits a puppy or a breathless 5 year old, I am pretty much excited to present a book that I have illustrated for Jessica Smith, an author friend of mine. It is now available for purchase on Amazon and barnesandnoble.com, and I know it's only June but, well, it's never too early to get excited about Halloween!
This project swallowed up a good few months for me while Forrest was deployed in Afghanistan and the fun and charming nature of the story kept a smile on my face all the while. As a child, I was always a huge fan of 'Where's Wally?' (yes, that'd be Waldo here in America!), and loved having little details to search for whilst pawing through the pages of a book. As such, we developed a little game, where spiders are hiding on every page, waiting to be sought out by an eagle-eyed young (or old!) reader.
As an illustrator, I feast upon the details of other peoples processes. I love the scribbles, photos of studios, paint splatters and happy accidents. As such I thought I would share with you a few of the scribblings from my sketchbooks as the project progressed.
Rudy the Dog, possessing a winning mix of good-looks, charming clumsiness and an instinct for fun made the cut as one of our characters. Here he is in his Halloween dinosaur costume! Jessica's cat (Halo) also features. The sleeping spider cannot be claimed as a family member by either of us, but I must admit, he looks cute enough for a little squeeze.
Soon I will share with you some pages from the story. Thanks for stopping by!