Wow, this must have taken a while to put together.
This is the moment I have been waiting for! Here are some snippets from my book, my very first fully fledged picture book! I can still hardly believe it!
'Archie and the Amazing Four-Poster Bed', written by Rob Parsons. For the charity 'Care for the Family.'
It tells the story of a young boy called Archie and an amazing nativity adventure… Christmas is really here.
Elisa’s work has made it to the final 50 and will be exhibited at the London Transport Museum. The overall winner will be announced in February 2014.
This is my entry for the AOI’s Serco Prize for illustration. It shows London’s recent story of a pelican eating a pigeon.
I recently had the great pleasure of working on an e-book cover for one of my favorite authors, Garth Nix! Newt’s Emerald ~ a Regency Romance (with Magic!) about 18 year old Lady Truthful Newington and the double life she must lead to pursue her house’s stolen heirloom.
Danger! Disguises! Sorcery! And a spirited heroine of course! I have read the book and happily recommend it. You can now preorder it for your Kindle on Amazon.com. Available Nov. 29.
If you like the cover, you can also buy the poster from my INPRNT store.
For the illustration, Garth gave me some conceptual possibilities and visual references to look at, and thought a modern interpretation of the lovely 1950’s Arthur Barbosa covers for Georgette Heyer’s Regency books would be nice (I agreed!)
The cover needed to communicate the Regency period and show Truthful in full period dress and/or disguised as as a man. The story is fun and adventurous and I wanted to communicate that too. All delightful elements to work with, amirite?! I think the cover we went with shows the Regency style and the different worlds of Truthful’s twin identities the best, I love it! But if I ever get a chance it’d be a blast to take one of the other sketches to final too. (Hello swashbuckling pirate escapes!)
See more commentary about the sketches & final in the image captions.
The cartouche with the name & title was a tip of the hat to the Barbosa covers, so I was drawing from those covers and other Regency fonts for decorative inspiration. In the end I thought the rectangular cartouche had too much white space, so I changed the shape and added more flourishes with the titular emerald.
All in all, a dream assignment. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Nix’s since I read Sabriel as a teen—also highly recommended. My self-directed Sabriel illustrations for the Picture Book Report are actually what brought my work to his attention, so I guess it just goes to show that fanart can lead to paid art sometimes! (hooray!) ☆