- Jan 10th
The sequel to Ben Rides On is at my publisher – Roaring Brook Press – and being readied for publication for Fall 2014. The title is Ben Draws Trouble, and it is only now occurring to me that this series is suspiciously semi-autobiographical…
I had a lot of fun with the artwork, and if you are a fan of Ben Rides On, I think/hope you will enjoy Ben Draws Trouble. Here is a sneak peek at a few unfinished paintings from the book, before I went in and added detail and more paint. I was emailing in-progress shots like this to my editor/partner in literary crime, Neal Porter, throughout the illustrative process. (Of course, the pictures are finished now…)
And here’s a gratuitous shot of my studio with the Ben Draws Trouble dummy/manuscript up on the wall. I love having a book up on the wall, so I can stand back and really soak up the visual and written flow of the story. It really helps to show me where I am screwing things up.