Tuesday, April 5, 2016

new Polar Bear story... doodles & sketches

Thus far in my career I've illustrated 24 picture books. (#23 is "The Kid from Diamond Street" written by Audrey Vernick/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and #24 is "Puppy Princess" written by Sue Fliess/Little Golden Books Random House -are both being released this year.
In 2017 I will have picture books #25 and #26 published... one of them being "Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates" written by April Jones Prince/Farrar Straus & Giroux) 

But of all these published picture books, only four of the titles am I also the author: "Coco the Carrot"  "Little Tumbo"  "Harry Hungry"  and  most recently in 2015 for Abrams Books, "Wild Child."

So I am always writing new picture book stories. Right now I'm writing one about a Polar Bear who travels from his home at the North Pole to try and find out why all the ice is melting and the days are getting warmer. Because I'm an illustrator, the great advantage is that as I am writing the story, even when it's still in a very rough preliminary draft stage, at the same time I can also be doodling and sketching the characters of the story, which sometimes can help me figure out how to shape the narrative. Posted here are a few sketches which are developing the look and feel of the bear character. They are all created with ink and digital color.

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