Two Books and a Baby

This blog has been rather quiet lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been hard at work on new projects. In fact, 2017 has brought quite a few exciting new developments. First and foremost, it would be remiss of me to not mention the new addition that joined our family this spring:

Six days old and snoozing through her first visit to the farmer's market.

She might be a huge distraction from work right now, but she’s also a great inspiration, art model and budding picture book critic.

Some light reading, courtesy of my awesome editor at Roaring Brook, Emily Feinberg. Thanks, Emily!

In addition to the baby, I have two exciting new books I’m working on. I just sent off the final art for a nonfiction picture book with Roaring Brook Press titled Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet, written by the talented Curtis Manley.

Have you ever wondered if we’re alone in the universe? In recent years, scientists have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars. In fact, *most* stars probably have at least one planet orbiting them. It isn’t so far-fetched to imagine that there is life out there in the universe, and thanks to Roaring Brook, I got the chance to illustrate it.  I really enjoyed the research phase, and now I know far more about planets than ever before. (It was a real challenge, however, to finish the final art while taking care of a  newborn!)

Publication is set for January 2019. I don’t know how I’m going to wait that long.

Preparing to trace the drawing onto watercolor paper for the final painting.

Last but certainly not least, I’m thrilled to be able to announce that I’ll be working with Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster on my first picture book as an author and illustrator, The Fisherman and the Whale. My awesome agent, Ed Maxwell made the whole thing happen and I still can’t believe it’s true. Here’s the Publisher’s Weekly announcement of the deal:

I’m heading off to Vancouver Island in a few weeks to do some research. Hopefully I’ll be able to sketch some fishing boats, seagulls, crashing waves and perhaps even some whales. More to come!

A spread from the dummy book.

From the Sketchbook: Québec and Vermont
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