Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Book Birthday, Little Author




















LITTLE AUTHOR IN THE BIG WOODS is officially out in the world today!

Working on this book brought back so many good memories from childhood. (Yes, I wanted to be Laura.**) I was a huge fan of the Little House books and the TV show, of course. (Who wasn't, growing up in the 70's?!)

Here are some very early rough sketches, and a few pieces from the book. Also, there's still time to enter the Goodreads giveaway here.) Enjoy!






































































































































(**Me, circa 1976, in a skirt and bonnet made especially for our annual street picnic by my grandmother.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

News!

I'm so thrilled to finally be able to share this news!

"Tamar Brazis at Abrams has bought author-illustrator Jennifer Thermes's Charles Around the World in a preempt. The picture book biography tells of Charles Darwin's adventures on the HMS Beagle, featuring maps illustrating the route of his travels and his discoveries in each location. It is scheduled for fall 2016. Marietta B. Zacker of Nancy Gallt Literary Agency brokered the deal, which includes a second book, for world English rights."
– from Publishers Weekly Rights Report: Week of September 8, 2014

 


















(Charles Darwin is one cool dude!)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Little Author ~ Book Giveaway



 
 


    Goodreads Book Giveaway
 



   

        Little Author in the Big Woods by Yona Zeldis McDonough
   


   

     


          Little Author in the Big Woods
     


     


          by Yona Zeldis McDonough
     



     

         
            Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.
         

         
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.
         

     

   

   


      Enter to win

Monday, August 25, 2014

Reason #2,539 Why I Love My UPS Guy (Hint: Book!)

This arrived last week!


























There's a map inside...





















And loads of illustrations big and small...





















On almost every page...





















Including drama! (Grasshopper plague!)...





















And in the back there are recipes, games, and instructions for making a corn-husk doll. Fun!...





















And under the dust jacket, one of my favorite things– a sweet silhouetted surprise that just about made me swoon. (I LOVE this special detail!)...





















The actual book birthday is about three weeks away (September 16th), but you can pre-order a copy now if you'd like. (May I suggest your local independent bookstore?)

Yay! (Also, please excuse the phone-quality pictures!)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Showers...
















... bring May flowers. A new postcard piece.

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And here are some process sketches...

Messy scribbles in my sketchbook (this measures about 1" wide.):














Bigger (about 3") as the idea is being formed:















Rough sketch to size:














And the cleaned-up sketch, ready to go to final art:














(As of yesterday the crocuses have popped their little heads out of the ground here. Yay.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

State of the Desk



















Messy. The State of the Desk is messy. But it's all good, because I'm deep in the midst of a new project that involves a lot of research, and I'm very excited about it...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

More Bear and Bird. Also, Cookies.

























I feel like I've been hibernating for much of the winter. Why go out when it's icy cold and snowy? Especially when it's nice and cozy in the studio, and I can do what I love best– write and make art.

But, oh yeah– we DO have this thing about making cookies every time it snows. And it has snowed a LOT this winter! (I am capable of eating more cookies than a bear. Heh!)

Here is a wonderful and very thoughtful blogger's review of Bear and Bird. Enjoy!

Art from Bear and Bird, written by James Skofield, Sleeping Bear Press, March 2014.

(Below: Oatmeal-Butterscotch cookies. OH yeah!)













Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bear and Bird Giveaway, and an Interview!

It seems like yesterday I was shipping out art for Bear and Bird, and now it's a book! To celebrate the upcoming release in a few weeks I'm hosting a giveaway of three copies. Click on over to take a look!




 
 


    Goodreads Book Giveaway
 



   

        Bear and Bird by James Skofield
   


   

     


          Bear and Bird
     


     


          by James Skofield
     



     

         
            Giveaway ends March 16, 2014.
         

         
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.
         

     

   

   


      Enter to win



Also, I was interviewed on Kathy Temean's blog this past weekend for her Illustrator Saturday series. Kathy's blog is a wealth of publishing information– I highly recommend it. Here's the link:





Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hibernatin' & Thumbnailin'

When the weather outside is like this (just above 0°F):






















I move my workspace to where it's warmest in the house.
























Pup agrees.