What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Jeff Newman

h1 July 15th, 2016 by jules



 

This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got story time on the mind. That link is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Dan Richards’ Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?, illustrated by Jeff Newman (coming to shelves in August from Simon & Schuster). Today, I have a few spreads from the book, but Jeff also shares some preliminary images.

You’ll see below some early sketches, as well as some (the ones broken into four grids) that represent an early version of the story in which Evan and his mother spent most of the story at their apartment. (In the final version, they stay at the zoo.) You’ll also see some finishes from, as Jeff puts it, “a more stylized, scrapped version of the book (before we took it in a slightly more realistic direction).”

I thank Jeff for sharing.

Enjoy!



 

Jeff’s Preliminary Images:


 



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Some Final Spreads:


 


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CAN ONE BALLOON MAKE AN ELEPHANT FLY? Copyright © 2016 Dan Richards. Illustrations copyright © 2016 Jeff Newman and used by permission of the publisher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York.

All preliminary images used by permission of Jeff Newman.

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