Guest Post: A New Character Develops

Carrie and I worked on my first children’s book, Dream Of All The Stars Above, and now we’re working on our second book together. She’s a fabulous illustrator and you can find Carrie on her site here.

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I am so excited to announce the beginnings of a new book I have been commissioned to illustrate. While I can’t give many secrets away, I do want to share my excitement. The illustrations will go along side a wonderful “easy reader” story that will apply to young readers and parents of all ages.

In the past, my illustrations have been of a distinct style. I have a realistic feel to my art that is very far from cartooning. But when researching a vibe for the main character of this story, my traditional style of art would just not work with this story. What first came to mind when reading the story was the No David books and Alice the Fairy. Oh how I love the art in these books. Also Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious came to mind. Books with lots of color and spunky personality. So onto my sketch book I go. Above you will see my initial character development sketches. The final look and feel of the main character is actually a combination of all 3 of these fairies, with a some detailed changes. But stay tuned for the reveal of her. She is coming to life by my paint brush and paper as we speak…..

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