Three sketches, drawn in the same sitting, of the same little girl reading a book. They look so different.
Draw from life!
Aww… found this on Anna’s instagram.
Contest winners (and the rest of this comic):
I do different books in different ways. Zita pages are drawn simply with ink on 8.5X11 copy paper, scanned and colored in photoshop (usually with a single multiply layer).
For other books (Julia’s House, for instance) I create ink and watercolor illustrations on arches watercolor paper. It all depends on the project.
As for commissions, they will be closed for at least the next couple of months. With two books coming out and one I’m working on I’ve been short on time. :-(
It’s Zita with some Marvel heroes!
And there are more here:
Going through old notebooks I found this sketch. I’d completely forgotten about it, but it’s probably the very beginning of the idea of Julia’s House for Lost Creatures. Clearly the idea was destined to change quite a lot before becoming the story of a girl in a house overrun by mythical and folkloric beasts.
Still, I remember reading somewhere that Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” started life as “Where the Wild Horses Are.”
Ideas grow and change and mature. Part of the trick to writing seems to be to be able to step back and let a story shift into different versions of itself without being too precious about any one iteration.
Trying to work up an image for my book-related travels in May. It will be an honest-to-goodness book tour this time…
Wow! Share pictures when this happens. And I will try to share pictures from the Little Robot graphic novel soon…
Definitely my pleasure and thanks for finding me online! I felt like it was a good group, actually. I hope you enjoy Zita. I wrote it to be “all ages” in the sense of being fun for people of every stage of life…
Zita cookies!!! Too cute to eat!!!