Thursday, March 5, 2009

My Latest Board Book



Here's a board book I did for Innovative Kids that is finally out. I started this book in October of 2007 and final artwork was submitted to the publisher in January of 2008 which was too late for Easter last year. So finally it is out! A cute concept.....a bag with the board book attached and dye-cut Easter eggs on the inside for kids to hide and collect. This spread is my favorite with the chick getting creative in his little farmhouse "art studio." 

The art director and I went round and round trying to create a rabbit for the cover of this book. Our first attempts, which we both liked, did not pass the muster when presented to the marketing and sales people. I think the original rabbit looked too edgy and marketing wanted a cute, white, cuddly rabbit. I spent one weekend coming up with 15 different rabbits which were reviewed and this version was finally selected. Art by committee! :o)

10 comments:

Carli said...

ooh that is exciting! did you write the story too or just the illustrations? I am very interested in board and novelty books.

Deb said...

Thanks Carli....no I didn't write the story. Just did the artwork. A bit tricky to work on with the dye-cuts, but lots of fun. I have one more book coming out in time for Halloween this year that has cute dye-cut masks.

Chickengirl said...

I love Easter art. You know those bunnies are a tough one! I remember going through something similar with a project that had a bunny in it.

The whole packaging and your illustrations are super cute!

And yes- surtex!!! We must meet!!

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Wow Deb It looks AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Congratulations my friend, what an adorable book!!!! :o)

I will definitely keep and eye out for it. What a cute bunny :o)

Phyllis Harris said...

Congratulations! I love the cover and the interior as well. I'll have to go look this book up.

Deb said...

Look forward to meeting at Surtex, Jannie!

Thanks, Ali. A long time waiting for this one...but always fun to see one's work in print!

Thanks, Phyllis! the interiors were so fun to do. Each animal painted their egg from some inspiration in the background. the chick used the curtains....!

lil kim said...

well done, this looks great! Love the funky perspective/angles in the spread you've shown.

Ben Clanton said...

Wow! I love your art. I especially enjoy your color choices. I'm glad that I happened along your blog.

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