The book I illustrated last year has a new cover and title. It’s now called Middle School: Big, Fat Liar. Check it out!
Since the author just did her cover reveal, I’m free to finally show you guys the cover I drew and designed for Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond, published by Amazon’s Skyscape imprint! The book comes out on October 1st and was super fun to illustrate!
I’m psyched to announce my new Skillshare class, Book Design Basics: Styling Novel Interiors! In this class, I teach you how to design a novel interior starting from a simple Word document and turning it into a fully designed book, ready for print or e-devices. Whether you’re just starting out and want to design your own self-published book and don’t know how, or you’re a professional artist/designer who wants some guidance on best practices for creating interiors using InDesign the right way, this is the class for you. And many of the lessons also apply towards other kinds of book design like picture books or poetry books, if you’re interested in that! So, please, check it out and spread the word!
A new cover I art directed for Algonquin books. Illustrated and lettered by Jon Klassen.
Just got news that the book, Rags & Bones, that I art directed and designed for Little, Brown got a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from TDC’s Communication Design Competition! And, of course, huge props to Grady McFerrin who did the illustrations/hand-lettering! Here’s what the full jacket looks like:
Ten years ago, I started teaching a Professional Practices class for illustrators at Parsons the New School for Design. Since then, I’ve had many graduates come up to me, wishing they could repeat my course now that they’re out of school and actually living what I was talking about. Today, I’m launching a weekly blog, Business of Illustration, dedicated to those things. Add it to your reading list!
It’s snowing and freezing outside so I made some dumb illustration & design coffee mugs to warm up. Originally, they were going to be part of a larger project I’m working on, but I think they work better as a single piece.
Here are a couple of new covers I worked on recently for Little, Brown when I was doing that last maternity leave fill-in.
One of the books I art directed and designed recently during the 3 months I filled in at Little, Brown is Secrets and Lies. Looking at the first book in the series, Truth or Dare, I loved how the art director emphasized focus on the finger and mouth. Since this was going to be a trilogy, I immediately thought about See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil.
Here’s a quick illustration I did recently of author Paolo Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker, Drowned City, Zombie Baseball Beatdown) for Oberlin Alumni Magazine!