For two years I have been working on these drawings, at every available moment... at last they are finished.
This pile of pencil drawings represents 36 pages (12"x12") , end paper art, and a book jacket (front, back, flaps) for my third Storybook.
I am so happy, at long last, to line up the paintbrushes, the pens and watercolors, to begin the last step in finishing this book....
by painting each and every one of these persnickety drawings.
I would love to show you a few bits and pieces of some of these drawings. I 'll present a few full pages when they are completely painted.
Above, is a "slice" of the book cover...
and below is a "piece" from an inside page, Mopkin's garden.
And here is a "glimpse" of dear Fiona, Goosefeathers.. you do remember Fiona, don't you?
She is so excited about being painted in full Technicolor... well, watercolor actually.
another "peek" at Mamsey and Mopkin at bedtime.
Oh, and I must show you a few of the little wood folk...
Gathering acorns, of course.
And here is look at Mamsey's kitchen, where she whips up bowls and bowls of "bangers and mash",
brews pots and pots of Irish Breakfast tea,
and is sometimes surprised by a little guest in the pantry.
Perhaps you recognize this fellow? Sir Percival... a dapper, but landless gentleman.
He looks somewhat short without his top hat.
If you have read this blog for any length of time, you will recognize these little creatures. It is the only piece I had painted thus far. It is the title page.
Now, I am working on painting the copyright and dedication pages. Here you will see the house in which the two bear dwell.
This should be complete in a few days, and I will show you my process from start to finish.
I have loads of movies to "listen to" as I work.
I am really trying to stay on task. I must finish this book in the next few months.
We here in the Hollow will keep you posted. Mavis Mudd (head chicken lady) may have to take over the Gazette for a wee bit!
In the meantime, I thank those of you who visit me here, and a special thanks to those who leave comments!
See you soon, IN COLOR!