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Is anything purely without influence?

This is my old bunny, Freddy….AND my first character sketch for Just One More. I did a search for first sketches to write a post and this guy popped up. I had forgotten about taking a crack at starting this book 10 years ago! The digital drawing never made it before the eyes of any decision makers. He only went as far as placement in a sample spread and then I closed the book for 7 years before I would revisit Just One More and the idea of becoming a children’s book illustrator, again. What an influence old Fred had on this sketch and I was oblivious at the time. He too, was once all yellow calico to match the insides of his ears but had worn so thin that my daughter thought it was a good idea to give him a new exterior.¬† Nice job, and she was careful to encase his original saggy body, couldn’t bear to cut it off. When I look to Ruby, my final character for the book, she is a conglomeration of my kids and a friend or two. A regular Frankenstein, you might say. 5 1/2 weeks before Ruby meets the world, let’s hope there is something in her for everyone.



Final art for Just One More first children's book. Launch date June 11th, 2014. Published by Viking Children's Books.

This book was a long time in the making! Thanks to a willing agent, the one and only, Mr. Stephen Barr of Writers House and the enthusiastic clan at Viking I now have my first children’s book under physical construction¬†at this very moment. Due out in stores early June 2014.

Launch date June 11th, 2014. Published by Viking Children’s Books.