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.)

11 comments:

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

total and complete awesome-ness! looking forward to seeing the illustrations! :]

Nina Crittenden said...

Wow, Congrats! Your sketches are darling! Looking forward to seeing more! Have fun with the finals!!!

sruble said...

Love the chapter head illustrations! Congratulations on having all the sketches done and have fun with the final art!!

Susanne Drazic said...

Great chapter head sketches Jennifer. Look forward to more posts about the process of creating the illustrations.

Jennifer said...

Thanks, everyone! :-)

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

yay!!! congrats!

Jennifer said...

Thank you, Jannie! :-)

Kelly Light said...

Hoo RAY!!! - and huge Woo HOooo!!

Jennifer said...

Haha, thanks, Kelly!

And thank you again everyone for the nice comments! I really appreciate your support. :-)

Julie said...

fantastic, Jennifer!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Julie! :-)