In other book news, I will be at Strawbery Banke for their annual Children’s Literature Festival from 11-3pm this Saturday. I will be joined by lots of other talented authors and illustrators and it’s always a fun family event! Admission to the lit festival is free, and their Fall Festival goes on at the same time and looks fabulous.
I finished this Meet The Artist promo piece this summer and it just went around to editors last week. It was fun to illustrate my kids - they grow so fast, even this seems like forever ago. It also gave me an excuse to teach them about the Renaissance man (ahem, and woman). I packed another “fluffernutter with apple slices” again this morning, so not everything has changed!
Please enjoy this time-lapse process video of me, drawing Peanut & Moe. I created all the final art for this book on a Wacom Cintiq monitor using photoshop. The drawing part is sped up, but I believe it took me about 4 hours to paint from a fairly tight sketch to finish. Look for TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH! in stores in just two weeks!!!
As a side note - many (many many) years ago, I worked as a compositor at several different animation studios. I worked with 2D, 3D, and stop motion animation - taking all the elements and blending them into final frames for TV, motion ride films, and video games. I loved my work. I was pretty good at it, too. But I knew I wasn't in the right field. I wanted to make MY ideas and stories come to life - and being a compositor is just about following direction. I've been too chicken to jump into making videos (or...book trailers!) because I thought I wouldn't remember how to do any of this. And isn't it a terrible feeling to no longer be good at something? But I surprised myself by picking it up quickly and having fun. Something old became new again, and it's lovely!
In 12 days, IT'S GREAT BEING A DAD will be released - can you believe it??? You can pre-order it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookseller. I'm super excited about the above launch party at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH. It's just kismet to have National Unicorn Day fall days after the book release. Come join me for unicorn fun, a reading, drawing, and goodies!
If you JUST can't wait or can't make this local event, you can download and print a fortune teller yourself. It's part of the activity kit for the book. It was so fun to think of all the activities that could make this fun story into a library event, celebrating all the imagination and positivity in Dan's story.
I've wanted to share a process video for some time. I hope you enjoy my speedy gouache brushwork. For those without hummingbird eyes, I'm painting with Holbein gouache, mostly primary colors, and drawing on tracing paper with a Tombow mono pencil. The missing moments are all digital magic. See below for the finished piece. Can you find the A to Z in Ginger's hair?