Thursday, March 5, 2009

you may mock...

Huzzah! My art director, Claire, has been chugging away this last couple of weeks, getting all the book jackets ready for Bologna. Last time I spoke to her, she had five still to do and only the slightest hint of a whiff of panic in her voice- that's professionalism for you! Anyway, I emailed her today to tell her the colour roughs for the second book were in the post and hey presto, she emailed me back this piece of loveliness!

This is her mock-up of how the jacket will look, so now we await Bologna feed-back on it. Even if the overall look passes the test, the illustrations will still need deciding on and drawing. I think they'll be similar poses though, as they suit the shape of the text pretty well.
Also, I'm very excited to say the fantastic Mr Svein Nyhus dropped by so, not only am I immensely honoured, but I now have a blog address for him. Everyone go look. His work is absolutely amazing. It presents a truthful portrayal of kid-dom I think i.e. some of it's quite dark and yummy, with a good dose of humour but essentially the whole goshdarned thing is beautiful and precious. Unfortunately, since he's Norwegian, I haven't got the faintest idea what he's actually talking about in his blog, but I'm sure they're great words of wisdom!

21 comments:

Doda said...

The cover mock up looks fab.

cassia said...

thanks very much, Doda. Let's hope Bologna think so too! :0)

Alex T said...

Looking V impressive Cass, reminds me of my niece, and do I detect a hint of Tank Girl?

April Jarocka said...

Wow Cassia Lively Elizabeth looks really good...and they're only roughs? Thanks for dropping into the Ugly Rabbit btw and for your comments there!
:))

cassia said...

April, they're actually the illo's from the first spread that she's used for the mock-up, but I'll be doing similar ones (hopefully) for the cover.

Never exactly a chore visiting your blogs- I do particularly like the Ugly Rabbit one though.

Thank ye, Alex, Sir. And if you could possibly put your niece on loan, that'd be great- I keep getting strife for attempting to draw kids out in public.

April Jarocka said...

Thanks Cassia. Funnily enough I like Ugly Rabbit too. His little space on the web is cosy.

Alex T said...

'Honestly officer I'm a children's book illustrator, just trying to research my next project'. Obviously one of the pitfalls of your specialisation that hadn't occured to me before. I suspect you could get away with it Cass, but it's a good job I was never tempted into the children's publishing world as I always look like I've just escaped from somewhere in a hurry :)

cassia said...

Oh, you'd be surprised! I've been chucked out of two libraries before now- I guess that's the price you pay for a rock n roll lifestyle...!

C├ęsar Samaniego said...

Uaaau, I've been watching your work. I love it. Good luck with Bologna fair!
greetings from Barcelona!

cassia said...

thanks so much, cesar. I was so happy to come across your work- We can check in with eachother now! A very big hello back from Blighty! :0)

loodles said...

Hi Cass, the cover looks great. finally after these years all the hard work has paid off. Enjoy! x

cassia said...

all these years?! Crikey, I haven't bin working on it that long! lol! Ta, though, Loo. Congrats again on your success too. Is a nice feeling, no? :0)

Faye said...

Yay Cass, the cover looks fab!! Are you a happy rabbit? xxx

cassia said...

yes I am. I'm starting to get a little nervous about Bologna though. Am doing all sorts of 'please-buy-the-rights-to-my-book' dances, as we speak. How's Scotland? Burlesque lifedrawing sounds amazing! I want, I want! cxxx

Faye said...

It was really fun! and I'm very proud of myself, because I was brave (for me) and went all by myself! woohoo! There were three girls dressed up as spring, and one as winter in a silver costume, and it was much more fun drawing them with all the petticoats than some middle-aged naked guy staring into the distance!
Scotland is fab and scary and um...a bit lonely! Also hard to adjust to the serious downsize in work-space, typically everythings started happening with the book now, and after a YEAR of waiting around twiddling my thumbs and desperate to start, I really can't be bothered to start!
I understand now why you found the book work scary... suddenly all gets really scary!

I will do my own please-buy-the-rights-to-Cass's-book dances! Are you going to Bologna this year? You MUST to see what happens and schmooze!! (yet again, I can't bloody afford to go - gah!)
xxx

Sam McCullen said...

...continuing on from our chat over on my blog, I wanted to ask if you use just traditional media or a bit of Photoshop wizardry too? Near impossible to tell these days!

And I too will be joining the 'please-buy-the-rights-to-my-book' dance (for your book and mine!). If we get enough authors and illustrators to do the dance together, we'll freak the rights guys into dishing out blank cheques for all! :-)

cassia said...

lol! you guys got the moves! Particularly enjoying the 'little fish, big fish,' dance I'm imagining Faye doing, and the 'monster mash' I have mr mccullen doing! thank you both!

I used a lot of watercolour also in this book, but the next book will be almost entirely photoshop and pencil... and probably a lot quicker to work with! :0)

Sam McCullen said...

Well I work with pencil and Photoshop and I seem to be on a spread a year at my current speed! Maybe if I drew without 'Monster Mashing' at the same time, I'd shave a few months off?! :-)

Faye said...

Big fish,little fish, cardboard box.
Big fish,little fish, cardboard box.

Lynne Chapman said...

This is going to be brilliant. Lovely cover. Good luck for Bologna!

Sorry I've been incommunicado for a while - away from home trekking back and forth to just about every school known to man... or that's how it sometimes feels! Off again tomorrow for another batch, but have today, as an eye in the storm.

I do love meeting the kids, but gadzooks - all the travelling!!!

cassia said...

no worries, Lynne. Let us know when you're a bit freer and we should arrange a meet-up.

Thanks for the luck- I shall need it. Just 5 days to go til the fayre now!