to where Mom and Dad waited. ‘What now?’”
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Morning, everyone. Author/illustrator Adam Rex is visiting today to tell us a bit about his newest picture book, Moonday, released by Disney-Hyperion earlier this month. Moonday tells the goosebump-inducing story of the moon lowering itself into a young girl’s backyard, putting all the town under its sleepy spell. Was it real or a dream? That’s for readers to decide.
I really like Adam’s paintings for this story. No need to describe them; you can see them on display here. And the writing? The writing is superb. This one makes an outstanding read-aloud, best for (but not excluded to) a cozy one-on-one read with your favorite child. It possesses a rhythm and cadence to savor. Kirkus gave this one a starred review. I just read the entire review, and they put it this way: “Gentle rhymes, recurring consonance and almost subliminal rhythms make murky, dreamy paintings vivid and the surreal story sleepily spectacular.”
Yep. What they said.
Here’s Adam. I thank him for visiting …
Adam: Here’s the first image I tackled. It ended up being kind of a proof of concept piece. I thought it was going to be the cover, too.
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[Here's] the process for this piece:
my blue moon staring back at me.”
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My earliest sketch was just a thumbnail, which I then overlaid with some crude perspective lines to pint out and use as guides to refine the drawing.
That got me here, and this is what my editor saw when I put together a dummy of the whole book.
Looks like I basically sketched this whole thing in Photoshop with my Wacom, actually. I’m doing that more and more, but I didn’t do it much back then.
Shot a lot of photo reference. This poor kid ended up filling in for the whole class.
All of the images for Moonday got rendered in vine charcoal on paper, with my photo reference as a guide.
Then I tinted the drawing in Photoshop …
… and colored it on a different layer.
(This is actually the same [image as the one from earlier]. But I had a narrative going, so …)
Shot a lot of photos of me …
… and my wife, too. We’re the mom and dad. Had to borrow a kid.
Here’s another photo …
…and the accompanying sketch …
…and the finished piece:
The tide came in, smooth and thin, and settled underneath our moon.”
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I had to draw a number of views of the same building, so I actually built a little 3-D neighborhood in Google SketchUp. I made the buildings in the foreground, but not in the background. (The background buildings didn’t actually end up in the book anyway.)
More random sketches:
crossed two policemen, rounded the square, and followed me home.”
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MOONDAY. Copyright © 2013 by Adam Rex. Published by Disney-Hyperion Books, New York. All images here are used with permission of Adam Rex.
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.
When I was a child, I would have been utterly spellbound by Moonday.
1) I love how challenging my piano lessons are (even if I was all, “THERE IS ANOTHER HAND POSITION TO LEARN ALREADY?” on Thursday of this week). As I discussed with a friend the other day, piano lessons are working lots of different parts of my brain. And that is good.
2) Dinner with friends, followed by free bluegrass in Nashville.
3) My girls and I have been dancing around the house to this slammin’ tune below. When my second grader comes home with worries and anxiety (which seems to be a theme this year), I listen and hug her and do the “there there now, it’ll be okay”s, and then we get up and dance, too.
Come on, y’all. None of this “but I’m dance-challenged” will be accepted here. Put on your best dance face, and let’s do it:
4) I’m reading the newest novel from my very favorite novelist (for grown-ups), and I love to linger over her sentences.
5) Calling Caldecott is back for 2013! I learn so much, reading that blog.
6) On the first song on Neko Case’s new CD, the guitar growls like a tiger at one point.
7) Hey, why am I still typing? As I’m composing this post (Saturday), it’s a gorgeous early Fall-like day, so I’m outta here. The park calls my name.
P.S. The unabashed goofy-ness of this book trailer has endeared itself to me. Plus, I really like that book, as I mentioned earlier here at 7-Imp.
What are YOUR kicks this week?