I'm participating in this years Inktober fun. Simply put you do an ink drawing everyday in October. To have a little fun I decided to a little series for about a week of it with a little more added to the picture each day. I'm going to post the run, so people can see them better than on my instagram or twitter ,so "Scene 1"
The publisher sent this over. It's the book review for this old band from the School Library Journal. Apparently it supposed to be in their July issue.
This Old Band
WISSINGER, Tamera Will. Illustrated. by Matt Loveridge. 32p. Sky Pony. 2014.
The popular nursery rhyme “This Old Man” gets a fresh twist in this picture book filled with rhyming and counting fun. Using a variety of homemade instruments and objects, the cowpokes set out on the open range. They make some unexpected friends as they play their music through the day—and all through the night—while counting down from 10 to 1. “Number eight/Plays click click/Eight plays click click with a stick./With a tick tick boodle pick,/Play a mustang song./This old band plays all day long.” Clever use of alliteration and rhyme, as well as laugh-out-loud funny tongue-twisters, complement the singsong nature of the story, making this an ideal book for both storytimes and one-on-one sharing. The bright, lively cartoon art complements the story, blending likability with silliness, and is sure to encourage readers to sing along. Librarians and caregivers will appreciate the creative use of language and the reinforcement of counting skills, which work in tandem to encourage early literacy development.–Natalie Braham, Denver Public Library
Good reviews are far easier to take than criticism :)
This book is coming out on June 3rd through Sky Pony Press, and it was a lot of fun! It's all about a group of old cowboys and their makeshift instruments they use to form their band. I don't think I could have hand-picked a funner book to work on. The author of this book is the very talented Tamera Will Wisinger. Here is the cover, with a few interiors. To see some more of the interior images you can go here. If you want to buy a copy, you can buy it at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Booksamillion.com, or Indiebound.org
I've recently had a few books I've been working on come out. This one is from Capstone Publishing, it's from the Poet in you series. There are 4 different poetry books, all with a different theme. I got to do the cover of the book dealing with nonsense and silly things :) It's called "Tickles, Pickles, and Floofing Persnickles". I also got a few poems Published in the sports book titled "Pucks, Clubs, and Baseball Gloves". As a bonus I was excited to see that they had chosen my illustrations for the back covers of all 4 books. Here is the cover, back covers, and a few of my poems just for fun.
you can see the rest of the interior illustrations here.
I'm pretty excited to have my first published illustrations come out this last week! I got the call a little over a year ago to see if I was interested in working on this series of books. They're beginning chapter books with illustrations on each page, so they've been keeping me pretty busy. I just finished the final drawings for the third book and should be starting the 4th in a couple weeks. The series is really fun and with a lot of crazy stuff going on, so I've really enjoyed it. The rest of the upcoming series can be seen here.