It's a book!

I finished wrapping up all the little bits and pieces of "I Dissent" last month. Now I must wait wait wait to share my hard work with you. But first, a cover reveal!

This was originally shared on Debbie Levy's (the author of this amazing story) web site. You should probably check it out because she is going to being all sorts of useful RBG stories and tid bits until our much anticipated publish date in September. 

Poisonous Cover Reveal!

It seems like only yesterday I was celebrating the US debut of "Murder is Bad Manners." A delightful middle grade murder mystery novel written by Robin Stevens with a cover illustrated by yours truly. Actually, is was only last month, so not that long ago, really. Here we are in a new month and I have a NEW book cover to share with you! This is the second book in the Wells and Wong series titled "Poison is Not Polite." 

 

I must emphasize, that not only did I love this project because illustrating book covers is just about my favorite thing to do, but these books are AWESOME. I really enjoyed reading them as an adult, but if I were a kid this would be exactly the type of book I'd pick up...and read over and over again. Murder? Yes please! Secret notebooks? Move over Harriet! Creepy old English mansion? Dying. I'm dead. 

Unfortunately, I regret to say that you won't be able to purchase the second book here in the US until next spring. What you can do is pop over to The Midnight Garden and enter for a chance to win an advance copy. And in the mean time, if you haven't already, Buy "MURDER IS BAD MANNERS!" It's great. You won't regret it.

Of course all thanks goes to Robin, Kristin, Krista and the team at Simon and Schuster. And of course to Lucy for roping me in on this to begin with. As Lucy puts it "I love a good hedge maze!" I do too, Lucy. I do too.

Red Letter Day.

Ok, maybe more like Pink and Green Package day...but exciting nonetheless. 

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I recieved me copy of "Charlotte Au Chocolat" in the mail today! I'm so excited. This is my first hand-lettered book cover AND I got to do the interior spots. Getting this job was a classic example of being in the right place at the right time (that is being an intern at Penguin who can put together four hand lettered sketches in one afternoon). I think I will reread this adorable memoir to celebrate. 

State of Affairs.

Once upon a time, long long ago, in a far away land (well, actually, not that far, just New York City. And "long" is debatable, but for me, last April was a really long time ago) I received one of my first illustration jobs! I was hired by Roseanne Serra at Penguin to design the cover to the novel "Surrey State of Affairs". It started out as a lettering job, then moprhed into illustration (good thing I do both, no?). The process was long and arduous. I created sketch after sketch. Ultimately settling on one fairly similar to the one you see below.

 

Alas, it was not meant to be. The job was killed (they ultimately decided on this-a completely different direction, which makes me feel better) and I pushed it away, only to return to it this past weekend. About time right? I'm not one to post sketches, but since I did so many, fairly tight sketches for this job, I thought it'd be fun to take a look at my journey...

 

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