Monday, October 13, 2014

Dummy Book Sketches

Sketch dump of my most recent Dummy Book Spreads for Life on a Coral Reef. Next step is choosing the final two for color! I really tried to play with texture and light.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Story Boards

Step 2. Story boarding the 32 pages of the story. Pen and ink.


For Children's Book Class we are redesigning an existing manuscript. I chose "Life in a Coral Reef" which is a nonfiction story about a day in the Great Barrier Reef. These are image from my research of the animals mentioned. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Erin Stead

Caldecott Medal winner for her collaboration piece A Sick Day for Amos McGee and named New York times best Illustrated Book of 2012. Many of her books have been nominated or given various awards. She is very open about her process and ideation. All of which can be found on her blog

Her unique use of limited color and texture creates a story that is both charming and cultivating. The delicate line art is precise in a way that cause her characters to appear to have wondered onto the page by accident.
She is a prevalent blogger. Her most recent feat is one she has developed with her husband called, Number Five Bus where they host conversations with "fellow book people."

Beth Krommes

Beth Krommes considers herself more of a fine artist who also likes to illustrate. She began her love of art with wood engravings and then switched to scratch board. Her first book was called Grandmother Winter and received much praise. Her 6th work The House in the Night was awarded the 2009 Caldecott. 

Krommes, along with the children's market, produces materials for teachers to use in classroom and visits schools to talk about illustration. She loves to blog and record interviews of her journey. Although her website is outdated she does well keeping in touch with social media.  

Aaron Becker

Began his journey at the Monterey, California Children's Book Conference. During his schooling (and directly there after) Beck pursued interest in concept design for films, much of which is now reflected in his work. Journey and Quest being his biggest claims to fame, Becker also makes book trailers for his illustrations as well as documentaries of his thought process and drafting techniques. 

While Beck now focuses on the Children's Book market he also sells prints, and online media for children. 

He keeps a current website and is excellent on being well known across social media, including (but not limited to) Facebook, Blogs, Instagram, Twitter, 

Jan Brett

Jan Brett

Currently has over 39 million books in print with a new addition coming out every few years. Some of her beloved classics include Town Mouse Country MouseThe Hat and Annie and the Wild Animals

Travel serves as a main source of inspiration. She, and her husband Joe a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, visit different countries and researches architecture and costumes that appear in her work. 

"From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

Jan Brett has a weekly newsletter she sends to fans and teachers, she has created interactive apps for children, has a very outdated website and occasionally emails.