I finally finished this illustration of a little squishy dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis).
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For my part, I illustrated the "I crush on dudes" text. When coming up with the design for this, I kept debating with myself on what to do for this illustration. In truth, this one was a difficult one for me because of the serious/sensitive nature of the song, and all the illustration possibilities. In the end, I decided to play with the sexual dimorphism in certain species where females are typically larger than males because looks do not/should not dictate what it is to be "female". Also, I really like drawing reptiles. That being settled, I chose to use Python brongersmai as my subject mainly because their coloration and pattern could be adapted to illustrate the text and a play on the word "crush" as a thing that is quintessentially python. Did I mention I love to over analyze things? I also cranked up the dimorphism on the males to make them extra small cuties to add extra balance to the composition.
Here is the final piece:
The Doublclicks also have a Kickstarter going right now for their next album, as it so happens, includes this song! Yay!
The other day on the Twitters this brief, yet awesome, exchange went down:
At which point I thought, YES. THIS MUST BE A THING. And thus:
Surprising no one, drawing kittens (or anything) punching Nazis is VERY therapeutic. I HIGHLY recommend.
Here's my design process for this piece. To start, I sketched out a few thumbnails to work out the optimal kitten punch.
Once I decided on a composition, I refined the image with a rough sketch. BAM! POW! Go kitten go!
I then applied digital ink via Manga Studio and made the hair extra floopy.
Finally, time for colors! At this point I moved over to Photoshop because it gives me a ton more options for coloring and the text capabilities are much more advanced. Also at this point I had to decide what type of cat to make the kitten. There was no question in my mind; the kitten was either tortoise shell or calico because the lady means business.
And there you have it. KA-POW! Just because she's a wee kitten doesn't mean she doesn't pack a mean punch.
YES ALL THE YES. THIS is the story we need right now. Thanks Gwenda!
It has come to my attention that Oregon Reads Aloud, which I illustrated one of the stories, is currently sold out. On the one hand, YAY AMAZESAUCE! It's wonderful that this book is doing so well. On the other hand, anyone hoping to get a copy will have to wait. Last I heard, the publisher is planning on doing another printing, so there is some hope that more copies will be available soon-ish. I'll make sure to post again if and when I hear more.
There has also been talk about a few more author/illustrator signing events in the Portland (Oregon) metro area. There was at least one event that had to be cancelled do to the book being sold out. Which, fair. Again, I'll make an announcement as soon as I hear more.
Until then, oh my goodness, thanks so very much to everyone who has purchased a copy. SMART does amazing work promoting reading, and the love of reading in children. The success of this book helps them do even more work with children's literacy.