When I was approached 2009 and asked work with children's book author, Carolyn Crimi, I jumped at the chance! Being a huge fan of her work, I was honored to be asked to illustrate one of her amazing books. The title? Pugs In a Bug (yes, VW bug!). The concept and script is incredibly fun, full of life and really let me go to town with color, landscapes, characters, details, etc. After about 2 years of concept art to sketches to final, it was completed last week!
I don't think I can say too much right now, but I was given permission to share some of the painted images/spreads from the book (above, one below). All the art was painted with Gouache and animation paint on heavy watercolor paper.
Below is some of the rough concept art I worked out at the start of the project: some color background thumbnails and a character design. There is a ton more, I'll post in the future! Pugs in a Bug will be out Spring 2012, written by author Carolyn Crimi and published by Dial Books for Young Readers.