Monday, January 11, 2016

Arrrrgh! -a pirate spin to a classic children's book story

My latest picture book project, well under way, is illustrating the April Jones Prince story Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates. It's the spirited retelling of the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears... but this time with a fun pirate spin. 

I spent the fall months in 2015 completing all the preliminary sketches and getting approval from the publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux... and have been plodding along since the middle of November working on the final illustrations, essentially completing one spread a week. (There are about 16 spreads in all, plus the title page art and of course the cover art too) It will probably take me until the beginning of March to complete this project, my 25th illustrated picture book to date, and the first time working with FS&G (editor: the marvelous Margaret Ferguson)

Posted here is a sneak peek at one of the completed finished illustrations.... actually a detail view, not the full image. It's of the main character, Goldenlocks, fast asleep in one of the pirate hammocks. It was created with a deep sepia crayon, gouache and additional digital color.

view an earlier post about this project and view preliminary sketches.

another earlier post here too!

detail from illustration by Steven Salerno for Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by April Jones Prince

Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates slated for release in spring of 2017.

And look for my next illustrated picture book The Kid from Diamond Street in spring 2016!
Written by Audrey Vernick... our second picture book teamed together. It's the true story of remarkable Philadelphia girl Edith Houghton… who became a professional baseball player at age ten, playing for the Philadelphia Bobbies, and at age thirteen (in 1925) Edith was star player on an all-female USA team that toured Japan and competed against that country’s college-level male baseball teams. As an adult Edith went on to become the first female scout in all of Major League baseball.

In 2015, I had two other picture books released: 
WILD CHILD (written & illustrated by Steven Salerno -August 2015, Abrams Books for Young Readers) It’s a story about a new kind of wild creature that dominates the jungle, and how all the other animals try and tame it to restore peace and quiet. But nothing they try works. The wild creature just gets wilder… until the clever Gorilla finally figures out a way.
The Fantastic Ferris Wheel (written by Betsy Harvey Kraft, illustrated bySteven Salerno -October 2015, Christy Ottaviano Books) It’s the true life account of American engineer George Washington Ferris, inventor of the giant observation wheel built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and dubbed the “Ferris Wheel”. 

Visit to view all my various illustration portfolios, and my many picture books for kids.