A Spot of Sunshine …

h1 February 27th, 2014 by jules

“These books are loyal friends, helping you explore,
dream, discover, think, learn, and know much, much more.”
Early sketch and final spread

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Last week at Kirkus, I chatted with illustrator Shadra Strickland about her latest illustrated picture book, Toni and Slade Morrison’s Please, Louise (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, March 2014), as well as a few other things. That Q&A was here (in which Shadra referred to Louise as a “spot of sunshine on each page”).

Today, I’m following up with a bit of art and sketches from the book (the two sketches below are preliminary ideas that didn’t make it into the book, Shadra tells me), and I thank her for sharing.

Early sketches
(Click each to enlarge)

“Imagination is an open door.
Step in here and let it soar.”
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PLEASE, LOUISE. Copyright © 2014 by Toni Morrison and the Estate of Slade Morrison. Illustrations © 2014 by Shadra Strickland. Published by Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, New York. All images here reproduced by permission of Shadra Strickland.

3 comments to “A Spot of Sunshine …”

  1. I love the behind-the-scenes look at the art. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for sharing the additional art. I’m so looking forward to getting a copy of this book!

  3. Oh, I need that spot of sunshine. I LOVE, love, love Shadra Strickland’s work, and I want this book. It’s doubly exciting that it’s about books!

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