Because I Want Even More of Julia …

h1 August 5th, 2014 by jules


Hey, my blog’s still working! It probably just needed a vacation, which is precisely what I did last week. So. Well, that worked out. We are both relatively well-rested.

I’m playing a bit of catch-up this week, and today here is how I will start:

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Ben Hatke’s latest book, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures (First Second), which will be out in early September. That was here.

So, today I have some art from the book, as well as (in no particular order) what Ben describes as “some of the preparatory/mock-up/notebook stuff.” (Also, over at Facebook, Matthew Winner of the Let’s Get Busy Podcast described this book as “Miyazaki-esque,” which I love. He also wrote about it here.)

I don’t know about you, but I could look at even just Ben’s sketches all day.

Enjoy …



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Some Final Art:


“That evening there was a warm fire and toast and tea.”
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JULIA’S HOUSE FOR LOST CREATURES. Copyright © 2014 by Ben Hatke. Published by First Second, New York. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher. All other images reproduced by permission of Ben Hatke.

6 comments to “Because I Want Even More of Julia …”

  1. I cannot wait to see this book in print! I just LOVE the artwork. It’s very Sendakian, but with such beautiful colors.

  2. So much energy in his sketch work – and there is still plenty in the final, something I too often miss. Thanks for presenting them here.

  3. Fabulous, fabulous work! I have a preference for work done by hand, so lovely to see process photos and sketches. Thank you for alerting me to this book. can’t wait till it comes out! (love “patchy kitty”)

  4. Oh my word! The image with the dragon and the toaster?! I want that on my wall. I love the way Ben’s brain works. Pure fantasy and wonder, captured through his pen and onto the page.

  5. […] For more, including original sketches, see Jules Danielson’s post on the book. […]

  6. […] on this week? Author-illustrator Ben Hatke (I wrote here about and then followed up with art here from his newest picture book, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures) is makin’ the rounds […]

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