Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Spilling the Beans!
Wow-- time flies when you're having fun, for sure! I can finally talk about the middle grade novel project I've been working on.
Last November I was commissioned to illustrate the cover and black & white interiors for a forthcoming novel by the award-winning author, Valerie Hobbs. (You should have seen my happy dance!) The book is tentatively titled Maggie and Oliver, and is the story of an orphaned girl and dog who cross paths in turn-of-the-century Boston. It will be released by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in 2011.
It's been wonderful getting to know these characters, and I will be blogging about the process of creating the illustrations in the months to come. But for now, the interior sketches are done and I've been given the go-ahead for final art, so deadlines call!
(Above: Meet Maggie and Oliver! These are chapter head sketches.)