And it was the subject of my Kirkus column last week, so I’m following up today with some art and sketches from the book (below). I thank Dan for sharing.
Today at Kirkus, I take a look at a chapter book import, Rose Lagercrantz’s My Happy Life, illustrated by Eva Eriksson. Originally published in Sweden in 2010 (both author and illustrator are Swedish, too), it was released here in the U.S. at the end of last month. That column is here.
Dan: First, I tried to figure out what [Doug] was able to do as a robot. I love robots, so this was a lot of fun to do!
I thought about things he could learn about the world, if he unplugged from his computer. This was also fun.
Once the dummy was worked out and the sketches approved, I started the book. Doug Unplugged is the first book I’ve done digitally. Yes, I know, it’s kind of odd that a book about unplugging was done using a computer, but I had a specific look in mind. I adore [Roger] Duvoisin’s Petunia books, as well as other books from that era, and wanted to evoke the simple shapes and clear black lines. I can’t imagine doing the illustrations for this book any other way.
Here’s the color chart I developed while creating the images.
And here’s the cover:
I wanted to show him plugged in and learning facts via his computer. The brilliant designer Sarah Hockenson at Knopf came up with this beautiful layout to show what Doug learns and what he’ll ultimately encounter when he goes out into the city.
And here is Doug out in the world for the first time.
I wanted him to experience the world around him using his senses.
This image is not part of the book. I just did it for myself.
DOUG UNPLUGGED. Copyright © 2013 by Dan Yaccarino. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Images used with permission of Dan Yaccarino.