What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Joanne Lew-Vriethoff and Christian Robinson

h1 May 24th, 2013 by jules


Illustration from Linda Ashman’s Peace, Baby!,
illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff


Christian Robinson’s character development and exploration for
some of the characters in Linda Ashman’s
Rain!
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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about Emily Jenkins’ newest picture book, Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day, released recently by Schwartz & Wade Books and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. (Stephanie will visit 7-Imp next week.) That link is here today.

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Last week at Kirkus, I chatted with picture book author Linda Ashman (that link is here) and follow up today with some art from her two most recent picture books, Rain! (Houghton Mifflin, March 2013), illustrated by Christian Robinson, and Peace, Baby! (Chronicle, April 2013), illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.

Two things I didn’t have room for in the column last week: For those interested in writing picture books, Linda has some advice on the “For Writers” tab of her website. (Incidentally, Linda starting teaching picture book classes in Denver before she and her family moved, and now she’s turning those classes and other workshops into a “how to” guide.)

Secondly, in our Q&A last week, Linda talked about whittling Rain! down to its 78 words. Both manuscript and storyboard are available on the Rain! page of her website, if anyone’s interested.

Enjoy the art, and I thank Christian, who is also sharing some early development images for his illustrations in Rain!

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Cover art design


Final cover


Christian’s sketch book for rough drafts


Christian: “Sharing ideas with art director and editor on Post-it notes”
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Christian: “Color and design with digital tools”
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Christian: “Cutting paper and painting for final art”



Final art
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Final art
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Final art
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RAIN! Copyright © 2013 by Linda Ashman. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Christian Robinson. Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston. All images reproduced with permission of Christian Robinson and Houghton Mifflin.

PEACE, BABY! Copyright © 2013 by Linda Ashman. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco. All images reproduced with permission of the publisher.

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2 comments to “What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Joanne Lew-Vriethoff and Christian Robinson”

  1. Love these, Jules.


  2. I love Christian’s art and especially appreciate a process that involves Post-its.


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