Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sweet, Sweet Color Separation ~or~ A World of Orange and Green

In my search for color inspiration for an ongoing personal dummy project- I have inadvertently found myself drawn to several old books that use just two colors (orange and green), plus black.

I found this old early reader book in a used bookstore last week. What an unassuming treasure:

There are so many reasons I love this title page:

Why is this cat so tiny? I love it!:

Another one that I've been looking at is an old favorite, No More Monsters for Me!, with the subtly stunning illustrations by Marc Simont:

The gesture of this little girl makes this one of my all time favorite illustrations:

I also found this old copy of short stories by one of my favorite russians, with a cover by Milton Glaser. Maybe I was drawn to it for the color:

I'm not quite ready to post what all this inspiration has led to. Some solid ideas that I hope to have presentable soon. Farewell for now from my little orange and green filled studio!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Predicting the Weather

I just finished up this illustration for the cover of the book, How to Predict the Weather by Aaron Burch (Keyhole Press). This shows the full illustration which I completed as an etching. I was also asked to send samples of hand-written fonts to complement the "look" of the image. I had never done this before, but it was kind of fun (although my real life handwriting is awful!)

Anyway, they ended up using one of my handwritten fonts for the cover and I was thrilled to receive an email last night showing me the final layout of the cover:

I am so excited about how this came out and I can't wait to see it in print with it's beautiful matte finish!

Keyhole recently became an imprint of Dzanc Books, and you can read more about this and other releases on their news website.