If you missed last week’s column, I weighed in on Lane Smith’s newest picture book release, Grandpa Green. I only might have said that this is only one of the most gorgeous and unforgettable picture books I’ve seen all year. Dare I mutter the “c” word? C-c-c-c-caldecott? Okay. There I said it. Definite contender, I would think.
As always, I’m here this week to show some art from the book, and Lane also sent some dummy pages, as well as “some tests I did to achieve the best look for the book (mostly varying pen lines)” … Lane said he re-did the illustrations a few times until he “got the balance right.”
I thank Lane for sharing, and you can click on each image to enlarge and see up close. (I may or may not be yelling that for emphasis, ’cause did I mention the illustrations are beautiful?) Well, a couple of images are not click-able, but knock yourself out and go absolutely crazy with unbridled clicking on the rest of ‘em.
(final version of book’s opening spread)
(Click each to see entire spread)
(If you don’t click to enlarge this beautiful spread,
my new Favorite Picture Book Spread from 2011, you will be missing out)
GRANDPA GREEN. Copyright © 2011 by Lane Smith. Published by Roaring Brook Press, New York. All images used with permission of Lane Smith.