Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sketchy Squares

Sometimes in the middle of a deadline, along with the joy of making art for a book that you are completely over-the-top excited about*, there's an urge to break out and try something new.

A few months ago I cracked open a sketchbook, new ink, a tiny set of travel paints, and a bunch of watercolor pencils I'd been meaning to play with for a long time. The goal was only to make small, quick drawings of whatever was floating around in my head at the time, and to keep it loose. (Must squash that perfectionist beast that makes you tighten up and question every mark on the page!) Each is only about 3" square.

This exercise has turned into relaxing little breaks that fit in the crevices of my day between other projects. Also, it's FUN! You might want to try it sometime.

Here are some of the drawings. I also post them over on Instagram...




































*The book is CHARLES DARWIN'S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE (Abrams, 2016), coming out in October! Woohoo! (More about this, soon!)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Map



















Here's a new black & white map for a middle-grade novel coming out soon. I'll post the book when I get a copy. (I've been humming that Dora the Explorer song A LOT lately... I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map...)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What I'm Working On Now

I haven't forgotten about you, little blog. I've just been knee-deep in revisions, and now final art (yay!) for Charles Around The World.

I'm posting a lot more frequently over on Instagram, if you'd like to follow along...



























































(My hairy little assistants... always good for adding hair to the watercolors...)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday

























This is one of the very first maps I ever did, back when I was starting out as an illustrator. It was inspired by a TOO long ago trip to Ireland. Time to go back!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vote

























It still boggles my mind that in this country women only gained the right to vote less than 100 years ago. (August 18, 1920.) Guess what I'll be doing today?