Hellow out there in the bloggaverse! Here's a funny thing about working in publishing: you finish working on something and then it usually takes about a billion years for that thing to actually BE published and released into the world. I have a constant backlog of things that I can't share, even though I WANT to.
So here's a couple of those things! This is a book cover I did for a re-issue of Enid Blyton's Tales of Toyland. Just so you know, if you happen to pick up this particular version, I am NOOOOOOTTT responsible for the interior illustrations which are...very bad. Anyway, I finished this super long ago. About last August. I just got a proof in the mail last week!
This is the proof! It changed a little bit but that's normal. I think it looks preeeeeeetttty cool.
I also did a cover for a middle grade novel (shown here with the bleed edge intact!) about a sassy middle child, Confessions of a So-called Middle Child by Maria Lennon. It's not out til August but it's pre-order-able on Amazon. I had a lot of fun with this one, doing hand lettering with brush pen! I also did all the little doodles in the bg in brush pen and then scanned them (and yes most are relevant to the story). And I made a ton of watercolor textures for this one, too, which is also super fun.
Covers are FUN. It's just really low-stress to be only responsible for a single image. Usually I've got a whole book's worth of stuff to think about, and continuity to consider, and all that! But covers are just one picture you can concentrate on. It's a nice change of pace.
Other things that are fun: illustrating books for awesome children's book writers. Below is a screen shot from Amy Krouse Rosenthal's website. I'm illustrating a book by her about a little unicorn! Yaaaaaaay!
Her website is: whoisamy.com
This won't be out for a LONG time, but this is a sneaky peek!
Another thing that won't be out for a while (but which I received proofs for) is a 12 Dancing Princesses themed alphabet flashcard set. I'll post all kinds when that's done, but for now enjoy this photo of my cat using the proofs as a playground.
She does not take my work seriously.
Or anything, for that matter.
Some other 12 Dancing Princesses goodies are heading down the pike too...stay tuned!
And yes, I AM busy. But I did have time to clean up my desktop and take a photo of it. It will be fun to look back on a few weeks when it's a total mess again.
Oh yeah...and one more little fun thing: I got a new tattoo! A little anchor.