What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Matt Myers

h1 August 23rd, 2019 by jules

Title page art
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Over at Kirkus today, I have a tribute to those kicking off the school year in classrooms and libraries with lots and lots of books.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Matt Myers’s Hum and Swish (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, June 2019). I’m following up today with some of Matt’s preliminary artwork for the book, as well as some final art. I thank him for sharing.


A final spread, sans text: “Jamie and the sea are friends.
Jamie hums. The waves swish.”

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A final illustration, sans text: “‘Isn’t that pretty?'”
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A final spread, sans text: “The sea tells stories, but it doesn’t ask questions.”
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Rough and final spread, sans text: “‘What are you making?’ Jamie asks.
‘I don’t know yet.'”

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Thumbnail, sketch, and final spread (sans text): “Jamie hums.
The woman swishes her paintbrush in a jar.”

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Here is a process video Matt created, which includes more art from the book:



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HUM AND SWISH. Text and illustrations copyright © 2019 by Matt Myers. Published by Neal Porter Books / Holiday House, New York. All images reproduced by permission of Matt Myers.

One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Matt Myers”

  1. Gorgeous art! I loved seeing how ideas for the panels were formed through the sketches and initial artwork. Thanks for sharing this:)

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