Book Signing on May 13th, 2017

I'm going to be signing books at the Chapters in Crowfoot on Saturday, May 13th. This will be my first official book signing. Because both of my books are relevant to spring - one is about butterflies and the other is about compost and gardening - this seems like appropriate timing. I'll be there from 11:00 until 4:00, so come say hi and get a f ...

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Book Cover Process: Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Last summer I was contacted by the good people at Pajama Press about illustrating a cover for the middle grade novel: Macy MacMillan and the Rainbow Goddess. It's the second book by Shari Green and is written entirely in verse. It already has one honour: it's a Junior Library Guild 2017 Selection, and it hasn't even been released yet. It comes out ...

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Behind the Scenes of Charlie’s Dirt Day – PART 6 – final art

A final sneak peek inside the finished pages of Charlie's Dirt Day...This image is one of my favourites. It was really fun to work on and until it was completely finished I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out.I hope you've enjoyed the preview of the book as well as some of my process over the last few weeks. If you want to see more, you'll hav ...

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Behind the Scenes of Charlie’s Dirt Day – PART 5 – sketch

This scene takes place a year after the rest of the story as the characters are heading to the next annual Dirt Day. The same characters who attended the previous year have decided to come back, but because so much time has passed, I included some small changes in their appearance, such as the hair on their heads and facial hair. The two little gir ...

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Behind the Scenes of Charlie’s Dirt Day – PART 4 – sketch

For this sketch, I tried to make the composition more interesting by playing with the foreground. I liked the idea of bringing the viewer into the scene on the left side of the spread with a close up of a bowl of freshly picked tomatoes while Charlie and Mr. Martino made a sauce in the background on the right side. Whenever possible, I like to inte ...

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