Friday, March 28, 2014

Leaving Home - on a personal note

I start personal pieces often after I finished a book, or sometimes while working on a project, simply to catch a breath, play with an idea, or to break a point where I might feel stuck. LEAVING HOME is such a piece. I had started it literally years ago and completely forgotten about it. It was hidden under a stack of sketches in my studio. Last week, I went to see the Mary Blair exhibition at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and was able to spend the day with a wonderful friend talking about art and life. Mary Blair is truly a great talent, and I admire her even more for being such a female force of her time. The point is, I came home so inspired, was restless, and stumbled over this unfinished piece of mine. Still inspired by my visit to the Museum, I finally finished it. I find it interesting to see how different this piece turned out just because of all the years that had passed.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale TODAY!

And the day has arrived. Doreen is swimming in open water.
Below I show some sketches which led to Doreen's final look.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Fall 2015 - LOLA'S HEART

Back in December 2011 I started to post about Lola on this blog. The story was born then, only I didn't really understand it yet. Lola forced her way onto my paper and gradually I understood that it is one of the stories I needed to tell. I have been bursting to announce the book since quite some time now. In Fall 2015 Lola's Heart will be published by Penguin Books. This will be my first book as a writer/illustrator.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

More to come in 2015

The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book#1, Clover's Luck, will be released in February 2015 by Disney-Hyperion. This new chapter book series, written by Kallie George, introduces strong characters which I fell in love with right away. Rooted in Classic Fairy Tale storytelling and filled with deliciously fresh air.
Here is a little preview.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Tallulah is happy...

in this little vignette from her first book, Tallulah's Tutu,
written by Marilyn Singer.

Those of you, who have been following Tallulah's journey so far will not be surprised to hear, that she wanted to have her own sculpture. She was waiting patiently for some time.
Watch the turnaround below! So beautifully sculpted by Andrea Blasich.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

HMH Sesquicentennial Celebration

HMH Books for Young Readers: 150 Years of Excellence

I am deeply honored that Tallulah has been chosen to be included in this journey through distinguished children's classics.

March 11, 2014

An Ample Roundy Fish called Mrs. Doreen Randolph-Potts is on a mission. You can finally join her on March 11, 2014 in this blissful tale full of adventure and, well...sheer luck.

The sculpture below was created by the incredible Andrea Blasich. Doreen is still at a loss for words..

Monday, February 24, 2014

In fact, Tallulah just started to smile.

It didn't take much to cheer her up.

Who is dancing on your table?

Yes, Tallulah will be back with Tallulah's Tap Shoes in Spring 2015. She looks a bit sad in this sketch on the back of her very own manuscript. But not for long. The music has already started to play in her world.

And since I have your attention (well, I hope I do) I will add, that I have a number of wonderful surprises in my bag.