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

h1 October 28th, 2016 by jules



“Children run in the yellow air. They let it catch their hair and cover their sweaters. They jump and turn in yellow time.”
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Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got a Picture Book Happy Hour of sorts. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Lauren Stringer’s Yellow Time (Beach Lane, September 2016) and Philip Stead’s Samson in the Snow (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, September 2016). Today, Lauren shares some art from the book, as well as some early sketches and studio views of the process of making the book. (Phil will visit 7-Imp relatively soon to chat about Samson and share images.)

Enjoy!



 

Preliminary Images:


 


Lauren: “[This is the] story written on my wall, so I don’t lose it …”
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In process …
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Journal and sketches on drawing table
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Early sketch
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Crows and tree study
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Early color sketch for singing crows
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Early sketch for beginning of story
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Sketch for “a symphony of yellow”
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Tree study
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“Yellow time begins …” sketch
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“Yellow time comes before white …”
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Some Final Art:


 


“Black crows fill bare branches and raise their voices in praise of yellow time.”
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“The sky billows gray with clouds, then it begins. … WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!”
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YELLOW TIME. © 2016 Lauren Stringer. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher, Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, New York. All preliminary images used by permission of Lauren Stringer.

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