A Peek at Yuyi Morales’ Drawing Table

h1 June 18th, 2013 by jules


“NIÑO!” (final art)
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Last week at Kirkus, I wrote about Yuyi Morales’ newest picture book, Niño Wrestles the World, published this month by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook. That link is here.

Today, Yuyi visits to share some early sketches, dummies, final art, etc. I thank her for sharing. Let’s get to it …

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Yuyi: Here is an image of a page in which I kept reworking the text — and also images of some of my early thumbnails. The more I draw, the more I go to very small studies of my characters — tiny sometimes! And, yes, the first drawings are very simple and rather ugly.


Very early version of El Chamuco


Niño’s Doll Decoy
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Hermanita
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Working with the text
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Thumbnails
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Here are early drawings and my thumbnails for some of the spreads, including a progression of stick figure drawings to more refined sketches for Lucha moves.


Early version of Cabeza Olmeca
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Copyright and title pages
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Lucha moves
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Thumbnails of El Extraterrestre
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Las Hermanitas
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Here are some sketches of spread compositions and their corrections.



Dummy of Niño vs. El Chamuco and its correction
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La Momia de Guanajuato
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Here are ink drawings and the acrylic painting colors I later scanned into my computer so that I would use them to paint digitally. Cabeza Olmeca’s is a combination of acrylic paint and salt.



El Chamuco with colors
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Ink line drawings
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Cabeza Olmeca
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And finally some color art [without the text and the impressive typography]:


“Niño!”
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“Uh-oh, Olmec Head awaits his chance to bump skulls with Niño!…”
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“His sisters’ nap is over. Time for Niño to tangle with LAS HERMANITAS!
NIÑO VS LAS HERMANITAS”

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Copyright page
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Back cover (also sans text)
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Cover

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NIÑO WRESTLES THE WORLD. Copyright © 2013 by Yuyi Morales. Published by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, New York. All images used with permission of Yuyi Morales.

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5 comments to “A Peek at Yuyi Morales’ Drawing Table”

  1. I realized that part of what is making me grumpy during this crazy moving process (that will finally be over on Friday!) is that I have missed all my favorite blogs so I am making time this morning! And what a treat! I love seeing the early sketches!!!


  2. Holy…I looove that cover. Her “Just a Minute” book is one of the all-time favourites at our house. And this one looks like something that would forever rock the world of our five-year-old little guy.


  3. Those weency little legs in those underwear just crack me up. I love that Yuyi incorporates Mexican culture in such a huge way into the crazy little kid world of picture books. Lucha libre is a THING for some people, and I love it depicted as part of a child’s imagination – I mean, WHY NOT??


  4. what a funny book – thanks for sharing these drawings. I picture lots of close study and giggling on the part of many 7-year olds.


  5. Splok! Blagoon! Hurray!


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