We live on a street that’s popular with walkers, so there’s a steady – but fleeting – stream of models right out the front door. I enjoy the challenge of drawing mostly from memory; seeing someone for about 5 seconds then quickly getting the essence of their look and locomotion onto paper
Public events are a great place for drawing and musicians are especially good subjects because they’re expressive and usually hold a pose for awhile.
If this was on unlined paper I’d fix it up in Photoshop, but this way you get to see all my mistakes.
This was drawn at a jazz concert at River Park in Geneva.
I’ll be signing books and making new friends…
11:00am–12:00pm, Chronicle Books #2231
1:00–1:30pm, MacMillan #2100
9:00–10:00am, Chronicle Books #2231
11:00am–12:00pm, Scholastic #2505
And I gotta tell you ’bout Seven Impossible Things, which is featuring my newest book, “Sing.”
It’s based on the classic Sesame Street song, which lyrics by Joe Raposo. Thanks to Christy Ottaviano, the editor, for bringing this very special project to me.
The reviewer in this feature, Carole Barrowman, really understands that picture books are meant to be fun. She talks about them as if they’re a friend who makes her laugh and zeroes right in on the best parts. She includes two of my books, focusing on one of my favorite details from “What Are You So Grumpy About?” where a little girl is faced with a daunting list of chores. Among the chores is “clean dog snot off patio door,” which I often point out to kids because the line came from a child, not my imagination. It was a response from my 8-year-old niece when I asked her to tell me her least favorite chore. I have a pretty good imagination, but never in a million years could I have made this one up.
The review features three of my other favorites, “Otis,” “Interrupting Chicken” and “Blackout.”
Oh yeah, and some book about a train.
A boxful of new books is always cause for celebration around here!
“Sing” is based on the Sesame Street song made famous by the Carpenters, with lyrics by Joe Raposo. I created a visual story to accompany the lyrics. You can sing along beginning May 28th!