Saturday, September 5, 2015

More Poppy Sketches

I'd love to fly to Paris for a cup of hot chocolate, especially if I could do it with the help of a hat instead of a plane trip! Here are a couple more sketches-to-finish illustrations of Poppy and Her Magic Hat.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Poppy sketches

Here are a few pages from Poppy and Her Magic Hat, along with the preliminary sketch that preceded each final illustration. It's always interesting to see the progression of an artist's work, from the concept to the final. Sometimes there is very little difference, but sometimes the transformation can be significant! In order to prevent revisions after the artwork was in the final stage, I was very careful to keep the preliminary sketches as detailed as possible so that the editor would have a good idea of what the final versions would look like.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Poppy and Her Magic Hat

It's finally out, my first published coloring book! It was fun to write, and even more fun to illustrate. Poppy discovers a very special hat that gives her the ability to fly. She embarks upon a series of adventures, sailing in and out of the neighborhood library and corner grocery store before flying through New York City. From the top of the Statue of Liberty she sees the Eiffel Tower, so she flies to Paris for tea with new friends. What child wouldn't like to fly anywhere their imagination could take them? Tomorrow I'll post some of the preliminary and final inked pages. In the meantime, if you are so inclined, you can order a copy for your special little friend from the publisher Dover Publications or through