New book sketch art

Here is a sketch from an upcoming book I am working on at the moment titled, An Annoying ABC, written by Barbara Bottner, that is being published by Knopf next year.

It is about a class of kids around kindergarten age that have  a gradual group meltdown, in alphabetical order.

It has been a tough deadline to get past, and a tough assignment – getting 26 kids to be all individuals, and consistent in age and personality, with all the running gags and clothing.

When I am drawing so many kids over the course of a year , I have an awful tendency to draw them differently each time. They’ll end up looking like slightly different ages and I put them in slightly different outfits….

But the personalities are the same. This is Baily, as in B for Baily. He doesn’t have dreads anymore (X for Xavier has the dreads now…) And you can guess his general temperament.

And this sketch also reflects my mood at the time, which makes it so much easier to  create a believable expression…

I have had a terrible blow to my writing recently. Someone I hired to do some typing for me has disappeared without a trace with several notebooks of my original handwritten work. I have tried not to think about it, but the idea of all those months (some of it goes back years) of writing makes me sick. All those stories lost. I can imagine what having a fire in your studio feels like. It feels like someone’s stolen a part of me.

Hence the moody Baily.