Three sketches, drawn in the same sitting, of the same little girl reading a book. They look so different. 
Draw from life! Three sketches, drawn in the same sitting, of the same little girl reading a book. They look so different. 
Draw from life! Three sketches, drawn in the same sitting, of the same little girl reading a book. They look so different. 
Draw from life!

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.
http://instagram.com/annamberto

Aww… found this on Anna’s instagram.

http://instagram.com/annamberto

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QuestionHey man! Big fan since Zita 1. I wrote a short kids story, and I would like to illustrate it. I was wondering how you went about getting your illustrations colored and onto the computer? Also when can we expect you to open back up with the commissions? I know you're busy. Answer

Awesome! 

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:

http://tansydolls.blogspot.com/2014/03/emerald-city-comic-con-2014.html

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…

QuestionJust wanted to let you know, I found an excellent tattoo artist to ink my Little Robot tattoo this summer. The anticipation is killing me! I look forward to sharing it with you. Thanks again for the permission to have your awesome robot on my arm. Answer

Wow! Share pictures when this happens. And I will try to share pictures from the Little Robot graphic novel soon…

QuestionHey, thanks for coming to my school, some people were being poops but I'm glad you came anyway. I'll definitely be checking out Zita sometime soon! -Warren county Answer

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…

Characters from a project called Fighter 8. Characters from a project called Fighter 8. Characters from a project called Fighter 8.

Characters from a project called Fighter 8.

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Zita cookies!!! Too cute to eat!!!