Except for the red hair, this is pretty much a flash back moment. Yes, this illustration is flashing me back to my good old college days. I always had paint on my cheek, and all over my art smock. In my early married days we lived in a small apartment. I had a small painting space to work in, so when I was working on large paintings, I’d turn some binoculars backwards so that I could “back up” in a way and see my paintings from a distance. I’d use a small ladder to reach the top of the painting. I had a habit of turning the paintbrush backwards and scratching the top of my head with the end of it, so I would often get paint strokes on the ceiling. There were always smudges of paint on the phone and the doorknobs.
This character is an important key in the solving of the newest case for the Gumshoe Crew. I am getting so close to finishing the illustrations for the new Investigator Anne book, “Case #5 – The Grave of the Indian Princess.” I just finished illustration #84 out of about 100. Hoping to do some more tonight. (I’ve got to go out and weed my garden in the meantime though. Planting time is coming!)
There is a part in the new book where the Gumshoe Crew visits the library in search of some needed clues.
This was the original sketch I created of the librarian, but then I thought it would be more fun to style the character after my friend, Sylvia, who actually works at the town library.
This is how it turned out and I think it works much better this way. Thanks for the inspiration Sylvia!
Lily is one of the characters in my Investigator Anne series. She’s smart and she loves all things to do with nature, plants, and animals. She always wears a flower in her hair, and she often helps solve the mysteries by contributing knowledge about her interests.
In this scene in the upcoming book, Lily and Anne are having a discussion about lemons and invisible ink. What is the connection you may ask? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
Anyway, I just reached my halfway point with these illustrations! I “only” have about 50 more illustrations to go. Stay tuned, I’m in the groove and so excited to complete the book. It’s a fun story and I think you’re kids will love it. My kids have read it already, so it truly is kid-tested and kid-approved. As always, I’ll keep you updated on the progress!
I’ve been up to my eyeballs in sketches and illustrations for the newest Investigator Anne book, so I thought I’d post a little teaser.
I’ve been sketching the spot illustrations for “Investigator Anne – Case #5 Grave of the Indian Princess.” Usually there is anywhere between 80 and 130 illustrations in the Investigator Anne books. I feel like it’s important to have a lot of pictures in early chapter books. It helps to break up the wall of words that can look so overwhelming to young readers.
After the sketches are done, I finish them up with a cleaner drawing. Gizmo is a fun character to draw. I love his big goggles and inventive personality. He is always creating some kind of gadget. In this book, his newest, one-of-a-kind invention, is just as brilliant as ever.
BTW, you may wonder why this style is so different from other styles I’ve done. It’s obviously very different from the watercolor I recently finished. The reason is simply that this style is a relatively quick way to illustrate a book with so many pictures. There really aren’t many chapter books out there with a full-color illustration on nearly every page. I use this style mainly to save the book buyer’s money. My books are always a low affordable price, and this is just one way of how I can make it that way.
Lately, I’ve been working on book illustrations for the Investigator Anne series, book #5. Sometimes I need to do something different for a little change in my routine though. Here’s a little watercolor I did of my Em. It was super fun and I think I’ll use this style for a book illustration style in the future. I have some ideas in mind. But for now, I’ll post this to keep me inspired.
This is Em playing with the little kitchen Mr. Everything and I made for her. I feel like these moments change so fast, I’ve got to capture them in some special way to remember them forever!