Friday, December 26, 2008

Preliminaries: Box Full of Kittens

Every picture book starts with little thumbnail sketches of each spread. These extremely loose drawings are put down quickly but not haphazardly... often they contain the essence of the finished painting. Here's a typical first pass from my sketchbook for A Box Full of Kittens by Sonia Manzano.


kg said...

Hm, I thought I recognized the author's name... how very cool you are illustrating a book for Sesame Street's Maria! You are such a talented illustrator; can't wait to see the finished product.

matt said...

Hey, KG! No need to wait. This one came out last year...I'm going through some old sketchbooks as I try to get to my goal of 100 posts. It was indeed a sincere thrill to work on Sonia's book.

Jeanie W said...

Thanks for sharing your process.