What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Bob Shea

h1 June 21st, 2013 by jules

“Until that show-off went flying by!”
Early sketch and final illustration from Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
(Disney-Hyperion, June 2013)
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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about Lenore Look’s Brush of the Gods, to be released next week by Schwartz & Wade and illustrated by Meilo So (whose work I love and who visited 7-Imp last year).

That link is here.

Last week, author/illustrator Bob Shea chatted with me about how humility is for losers. Today, he shares some early sketches and final art and such from his two latest picture books, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great (Disney-Hyperion, June 2013) and Cheetah Can’t Lose (Balzer + Bray, February 2013).

He also gives a sneak peek at his forthcoming picture book, which he mentioned in last week’s Q&A, Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don’t Play with Your Food (to come from Hyperion, January 2014).

Let’s get to it, and I thank Bob for sharing.

Early Unicorn sketches
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Endpaper cupcakes
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Title page art
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“Things are a lot different around here since that Unicorn moved in.”
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“He made it rain cupcakes!“:
Final illustration (with some of Bob’s doodles on the side)

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“What is that heavenly smell?”
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What?! Goats have cheese? Unicorns don’t have their own cheese. May I try?”
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“Not you, though. I bet those awesome horns are perfect for soccer!”
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Cheetah Images:


Cheetah tests
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Revised colors for Cheetah
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Sample illustration

Final art: “First race—FLOWER JUMPING! … See? I win!”
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Final art: “Now it is time for the most important race of all. THE BIG RACE!”
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(Final cover)


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Sketch books

From a school visit …


Sneak peek at Buddy and the Bunnies:


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All images used with permission of Bob Shea.

5 comments to “What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Bob Shea”

  1. I saw all this stuff already!!! I wanna see some new stuff.

    Oh, wait, that was just me that saw it.

    Now I guess the whole world gets to see it.

    I get it now.

    congrats Bob! I might come over to steal some ide-I mean, to get inspired.

    cheers on the great reviews. Cheater


  2. That Bob Shea sure can draw cute!

  3. That BOB SHEA – the FUNNIEST GUY ON THE PLANET, he is!!

  4. I liked your sketch for the “Cheeta Can’t Lose”? Did your editor say to ‘tone’ it down (ie really wide open mouth on cheeta, or did you do that? Love your work!!

  5. […] know, I know. Bob Shea visited 7-Imp back in June and shared some art from the very wonderful Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, and he even […]

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