What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Sergio Ruzzier and Paul Schmid

h1 June 26th, 2015 by jules


Preliminary art from My Dog Is the Best


 


Preliminary art from Whose Shoe?


 

Today over at Kirkus, I write about Daniel Miyares’ newest picture book, Float. That link will be here soon.

Last week, I wrote (here) about Eve Bunting’s Whose Shoe? (Clarion, June 2015), illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, and Laurie Ann Thompson’s My Dog Is the Best (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2015), illustrated by Paul Schmid. Today, I follow up with some early and final art from each book, thanks to Sergio and Paul.


 

From Eve Bunting’s
Whose Shoe?,
illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier:


 


Early character work


 


Early dummy sketch
(Click to enlarge)


 


Spider sketch


 



“There’s one thing I find hard to take
when I’m standing in my lake:
I hate that mud between my toes.
(I’m rather fussy, I suppose.) …”

— Early rough and final art
(Click final art to enlarge)


 



“Hello! I’ve found a lonesome shoe.
Someone lost it. Was it you?”

— Early rough and final art
(Click each to enlarge)


 



“Who says that shoes are just for feet?
I’m glad my search is now complete.
The stars are shining overhead. …
I’m happy in my king-size bed!”


 




 

From Laurie Ann Thompson’s
My Dog Is the Best,
illustrated by Paul Schmid:


 


Early dog


 


Dog poses


 


Early design
(Click to enlarge)


 


Final art: Title page spread (without text)
(Click to enlarge)


 


Final art (without text): “My dog is the best. He is strong and brave.
He helps the firemen.”

(Click to enlarge)


 


Final art (without text): “My dog is the best. He makes me smile.”
(Click to enlarge)


 



 

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MY DOG IS THE BEST. Copyright © 2015 by Laurie Ann Thompson. Illustrations © 2015 by Paul Schmid. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, New York. Preliminary and final art reproduced by permission of Paul Schmid.

WHOSE SHOE? Copyright © 2015 by Eve Bunting. Illustrations © 2015 by Sergio Ruzzier. Published by Clarion Books, Boston. Preliminary and final art reproduced by permission of Sergio Ruzzier.

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One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Sergio Ruzzier and Paul Schmid”

  1. I always love to see initial sketches vs. finished art; I think in the Bunting book they matched the font REALLY well.


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