A Moment with Emily Gravett’s Art — and Sketchbook

h1 February 26th, 2015 by jules

Last week, I talked over at Kirkus with poet and author A. F. Harrold about his children’s novel, The Imaginary, released overseas last year but coming to American shelves in early March from Bloomsbury. That conversation is here. Today, I’m following up with some of Emily Gravett’s art from the book, as well as some peeks into her sketchbook for this one. (That’s an early sketch pictured above.)

I thank her for sharing. Enjoy the art.



 

Some of Emily’s Early Sketches:


 



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Some Final Art from the Book:


 


“A flash of lightning hit the study and, through the wooden legs of the chair, she saw, illuminated in the split-second snap of the light,
a pair of thin, pale human legs in the middle of the room.”

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“In the middle of the library, where the bookcases gave way to tables and chairs, ‘people’ were gathered. Rudger used the word ‘people’ loosely as he looked at them, and left the word ‘real’ out of his thoughts entirely.”
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“In the the mirror she met John’s eye, and she winked.”
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“Rudger stood at the foot of her bed and looked at her. She looked peaceful.”
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THE IMAGINARY. Text copyright © 2014 by A. F. Harrold. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Emily Gravett. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Bloomsbury, New York. Sketches reproduced by permission of Emily Gravett and Bloomsbury.

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6 comments to “A Moment with Emily Gravett’s Art — and Sketchbook”

  1. wow, beautiful!


  2. Emily Gravett is one of my all time favorites. I can’t wait to see this book!


  3. Awesome stuff!


  4. I am so impressed! Thank you for sharing the talent of so many fabulous artists here.


  5. This is one of my favourite children’s books! The story is as lovely as the art!


  6. Love seeing this—especially the process through her early sketches! 😀


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