7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #434: Featuring Jason Chin

h1 May 31st, 2015 by jules

I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Miranda Paul’s beautiful Water Is Water (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, May 2015), illustrated by Jason Chin. That is here. Today, Jason is sharing a bit of art from the book, as well as a few early sketches. I thank him for sharing.

Dummy images
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One of the final spreads: “…they form low.”
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Another final spread: “…it forms flakes. Pack. Stack. Shape it and …”
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WATER IS WATER. Copyright © 2015 by Miranda Paul. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Jason Chin. Published by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, New York. All images here reproduced by permission of Jason Chin.

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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.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) Letters from friends.

2) Book recommendations from friends and colleagues.

3) I’m learning “Golden Slumbers” on the piano.

4) My girls learned to ride bikes (and a late start too — one is 9; the other, 11) in about thirty minutes! This is good, because now we can bike a lot.

5) Biking to the library.

6) Surprises in the mail.

7) My picture book grad course (for the University of Tennessee) starts this week. I hope my students are ready to read read read.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

11 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #434: Featuring Jason Chin”

  1. I am a huge fan of Jason Chin’s work, so thank you for sharing this peek at these gorgeous illustrations. Can’t wait to get a copy of this book!

  2. It’s a great book, Catherine.

  3. I love the wateriness of the illustrations. Thank you, Jason, for sharing.
    Jules, one of my favorite childhood memories is riding my bicycle to the library. Surprises in the mail are the best.
    Catherine, I love this book, too.
    My kicks:
    1. That our old girl, Sophie, let us know at the vet it wasn’t her time. We were so prepared for a very sad day.
    2. Fresh Oregon strawberries.
    3. Dancing Friday night to a co-worker’s band.
    4. Time with grandgirl.
    5. Getting ready for the used book sale in the library.
    6. Reading a loud to fourth and fifth graders.
    7. Being asked my favorite poet because of my ‘poetry Rocks” tee shirt by a coffee barista.
    Have a great week.

  4. Beautiful illustrations, I love the first one and the cover the most. So shimmery, wet and summery.

    Jules – yay for biking to the library and surprises in the mail! Sounds like you and the girls are set for s fun summer.

    Jone – hugs to Sophie (and you). And I have fresh Oregon strawberries too – they are delicious!

    My kicks this week:
    1) Two good books, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” and “Nightbird.”
    2) Just started reading “Station Eleven.”
    3) Work took me on a long drive into the Oregon countryside, and I bought fresh strawberries from a farmer’s stand. So good!
    4) A fun day with a friend.
    5) Re-watched “Living Out Loud,” with Holly Hunter and Queen Latifah – hadn’t seen it in years, and its still a good movie.
    6) Working in the garden.
    7) SHAKEY GRAVES concert Wednesday night! He was so good! It was a very fun concert, and I loved how comfortable he is on stage and his sense of play and fun. I would definitely see him again.

    Happy summer and have a great week everyone!

  5. Good morning, Imps!

    Hello, Jason! I enjoy your art of the seasons. 🙂

    Jules: Rock on with your Beatles piano time, and best of luck with the grad course! Woo hoo, you! Congrats to your free-wheeling kids. Tell them Auntie LW said helmets, helmets, helmets ALWAYS.

    Hi Catherine!

    Jone: Sending lots of hugs to Sophie and her humans. Every day counts. The Poetry Rocks shirt ounds like a perfect shirt for

    Rachel: Hurrah for live music and happy times.

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Mind over matter
    2) Heart
    3) Teamwork
    4) Preparedness
    5) Go go go
    6) Done
    7) New

  6. Thank you Jason for sharing your artistic process with us. It makes the final illustrations that much more meaningful. I am happy my copy arrived this past week. I’m even more anxious to read it.

    I can picture you and your girls riding to the library Jules. It’s a wonderful image.
    Jone: I am so happy you still have your sweet Sophie. Xena and I are hanging on but it’s getting harder.
    Rachel: I love working in the garden too! It’s the best kind of therapy.
    I like New Little Willow. Hooray for you!

    My kicks:
    1. The iris are blooming.
    2. Flower boxes filled with annuals and vines.
    3. Good friends
    4. Green grass
    5. Rainfall
    6. Cooler weather to get rid of the bugs
    7. Strolls in the yard with Xena
    Have a wonderful week everyone.

  7. Look at this beautiful book about water. Can’t wait to get a hold of it.
    I also love seeing the dummy and thumbnail pics. since I’ve bee working on some myself.

    Jules – The freedom of the bicycle is a wonderful thing. I hope you guys ride all summer.
    Jone – Strawberries and bonus time with Sophie, how nice
    Rachel – I’m so glad to have time to garden this year. I love getting in the mud.
    LW – The mind is a wonderful thing to employ
    Margie – We could use some rain so I don’t have to water the garden as much.
    1. I had fun drawing doggies this week.
    2. Planting flowers in the garden
    3. Too much coffee
    4. My daily sketches are becoming a good habit.
    5. Reading with my kids

  8. …cooking on the grill
    7. I am sitting on my porch.

  9. Jone, your shirt sounds great. What books did you read aloud? I also send hugs to Sophie.

    Rachel, SHAKEY GRAVES! So glad you went. I’d like to see him live again. Dang, he’s talented. Enjoy Station Eleven. Let me know what you think.

    Aunt LW: Yes, always helmets. They even have knee and elbow pads, but they may not wear those all the time. Definitely the helmets, though. I like “mind over matter” as a kick.

    Margie: Hugs to you and Xena too. Enjoy your walks.

    Moira: I love to see your sketches. Keep sharing ’em.

    Have a good week, all.

  10. I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for sharing Jason’s beautiful art.

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