When I Wake Up

h1 December 30th, 2021 by jules


I’ve a review over at the Horn Book of Seth Fishman’s When I Wake Up (Greenwillow, December 2021), illustrated by Jessixa Bagley — an adventurous tribute to the imagination of children and a day’s endless opportunities. And here at 7-Imp today, Jessixa shares things like early sketches and character tests, and some final spreads are also pictured below. I thank Jessixa for sharing. (Pictured above is an early character sketch.)

The review is here.


Preliminary Images:




Three images above: Character sketches
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Character tests
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Character paint tests
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Color blocking tests
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Some Final Spreads:


“Maybe I will put on my clothes and start my own day.
Maybe I will do whatever I want to do.”
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“I could make breakfast. Or build a city. Or take my scooter down the alley.
Maybe I could even borrow Mom’s little shovel for the garden.”
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“Maybe I’ll get marshmallows for breakfast too. I tug on the horses’ pink manes and launch them into the sky. And when foerver is over, I’ll climb the gigantic weeping willow. I don’t even need a boost. My mom says not to kill spiders. They help up catch mosquitoes. But I’m scared of spiders.”
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Jessixa: “When I was looking for sketches for this [post], I recalled that there were upwards of 20 variations I came up with for the cover.
Odd to imagine because of how simple it ended up being!”
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WHEN I WAKE UP. Text copyright © 2021 by Seth Fishman. Illustrations copyright © 2021 by Jessixa Bagley and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Greenwillow Books, New York. All other images reproduced by permission of Jessixa Bagley.

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