What If? Process

Special thanks to my new friends at the Children’s Literature Conference at Shenandoah University in Virginia for their suggestion that I include examples of the creation process on my website. 

Here are a few examples illustrating the making of my new book, WHAT IF?:

(I often see seals during my runs and walks at the beach, especially during the colder months of the year.  I caught this cute little guy taking a nap on the sand one day.)

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(This is a picture of my journal where the first layout for WHAT IF? was drawn.  My editor, Neal Porter, found it one day while he was perusing my journal for future projects.)

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(Here is an example of the first draft for WHAT IF?.  It started as a lengthy narrative, but as I began painting, I slowly replaced words with pictures until finally there were only six different words, used in varying combinations, in the entire book.)

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(Some rough sketches and studies for WHAT IF?.)

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(WHAT IF? was painted in its entirety on canvas when I realized that it just didn’t feel like the beach!  This is an example of one of those paintings.)

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(Luckily, my wonderful editor, Neal, was understanding when I said I wanted to paint the entire book over again, this time on very rough watercolor paper with dryer paint on my brush, giving the art a feeling of lightness and movement.  This is one of the first studies for the new art treatment.)

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(Voila.  The final book.  Released last month.)

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