Andrea Tsurumi’s Crab Cake

h1 February 6th, 2019 by jules


“And Crab bakes cakes.”
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Over here at BookPage, I have a review of Andrea Tsurumi’s Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2019). And here today at 7-Imp, Andrea shares a peek into the making of this book — some early doodles, thumbnails, an unused dummy spread (“I lost track of how many drafts this book went though,” Andrea says), the various research and texture layers she made for the art, some final art, and more. She also shares a comic all about why she made the book (which I find quite comforting and want to immediately share with all children I know).

I thank her for sharing. It’s a pleasure to have her visit today. Let’s get right to it!



 

Preliminary Images:


 


Doodles for book pitch
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Research
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Early sketching
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Early thumbnails
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Reference image
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Book dummy
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Gouache
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Working on textures
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Watercolor layer
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Working with transparency tracing paper
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Inking
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Working on color layers
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Flatting
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Andrea’s intern


 

Some Final Art:


 


“Under the sea, where sunlight touches sand,
lies a place that’s home to many incredible creatures. …”
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“And Crab bakes cakes.”
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“Seahorse pretends to be seaweed. Spiny Lobster looks for a new home. …”
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“Until one night, there’s a BIG SPLASH!”
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“Crab bakes a cake.”
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“Lobster lifts. Snapper shoves. Clownfish rolls. …”
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Andrea’s Why-I-Made-Crab-Cake Comic:


 








Cover
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CRAB CAKE: TURNING THE TIDE TOGETHER. Copyright © 2019 by Andrea Tsurumi. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston. All images here used by permission of Andrea Tsurumi.





2 comments to “Andrea Tsurumi’s Crab Cake

  1. I love this. I love the baking crab, love the illustrations and how you wrote about a real problem without being preachy. Well done.


  2. This really speaks to me – especially the comic about the whole project — the overwhelming-ness of Real Life Stuff and breaking down that one person can start on one part today is so valuable to kids young and (really super) old.


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