What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lauren Castillo

h1 April 17th, 2015 by jules




“I run to my dad. I’m really bawling. ‘I’m not for sale, am I? You wouldn’t sell me, would you?’ My dad drops the garden chair he’s holding. ‘Not for a million, trillion dollars,’ he says. ‘Not ever, ever, ever.’ He wipes my nose.
Suddenly my mom’s there and we are all hugging at once.”
— Sketch, line art, and final art from Eve Bunting’s
Yard Sale,
illustrated by Lauren Castillo

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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about a Belgian import, Jan De Kinder’s Red (Eerdmans, March 2015). That is here.

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Since I wrote last week (here) about Eve Bunting’s Yard Sale (Candlewick, April 2015), illustrated by Lauren Castillo, I’ve got some art from the book, as well as some of Lauren’s early sketches and line art for some of the spreads.

Enjoy.




From the sketchbooks


 



 


Early version of opening spread
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Sketch, line art, and final art: “Today there are a lot of people walking around our front yard, picking up things, asking the price, though Mom and Dad
already put prices on them.”

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Sketch and line art
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Sketch, line art, and final art: “I suddenly see a man loading my bike into the back of his truck. I rush over to him and grab one of the wheels. I’m really angry. ‘You can’t take this,’ I say, pulling on it. “It’s mine.’ ‘Oh!’ The man looks surprised, but he sets the bike on the grass. ‘I’m sorry. I just bought it. Was it not meant to be for sale?'”
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Sketch and line art
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YARD SALE. Text copyright © 2015 by Eve Bunting. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Lauren Castillo. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA. Sketches and line art reproduced by permission of Lauren Castillo.

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7 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Lauren Castillo”

  1. I love this!


  2. So much fun! Even the line sketches look awesome…. she’s so talented.


  3. Beautiful peek into a gifted artist’s process. I love seeing the early stages of her very accomplished drawings!


  4. This is the greatest. Love seeing the process.


  5. Lauren, I love your work and REALLY enjoy seeing the sketches! 😀 Just beautiful!


  6. I’m being reminded that I began my writing life as a visual artist who discovered I could write well and draw a little. This makes me wish I had kept up both. So, now’s the time to dig through office drawers. Where’s that sketchbook?


  7. A feast for my eyes and brain! I’ve been waiting to see Lauren’s process forever. I would love it if she did a whole book as a “sketch” the gorgeous linework with the green bits? Amazing. Thanks for sharing guys.


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