Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Seen a Giganotosaurus lately?

There’s going to be one on the cover of the book I just finished. Yes, I made the deadline (barely), working until 10 o'clock at night without a day off since about the middle of December. 

Haven’t worked that hard since illustrating my first book in 1984 which was pen and ink with pre-separated color. That meant that I had to color in with pencil 4 black and white “plates” for each spread of artwork, one for each process color of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. No wonder A Number of Dragons took 6 months to illustrate. 

Who knew then that a bunch of people out there would invent the computers, software, and electronic pens and tablets to allow artists to draw and paint digitally? One thing is for sure, the artwork shown above would not exist with those tools. When My Teacher is a Dinosaur is released next fall (hopefully), my buddy Giganotosaurus (Giggy for short) will be staring out from the cover. 

And now, on to reclaiming my normal life again... yay!


Beena said...

Congrats on making your deadline, Loreen! I am sure it is a wonderful book, that will be well loved!

Now go do something extra nice for yourself now that the crazy crunch time schedule is behind you!!!! Like shop for fabric, or take a road trip!

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Loreen! Congratulations! You must be thrilled! I know how it feels to finish and meet your deadline and it is such a relief and a huge accomplishment.

I love these illustrations and plan on purchasing this book when it is out. You amaze me. What an attractive eye catching cover this guy will make. It will be hard for people to pass up this book.

Good luck on reclaiming your normal life....I am still playing catch up and putting in almost the same hours, however, there is no pressure! :)

Loreen Leedy said...

I mean the artwork wouldn't exist WITHOUT those tools...!

Of course, the publisher just sent me a few comments from the proofreader that I have to figure out how to deal with. But, the hard part is over, at least.

Diane J. Evans said...

Can't wait to see him in all his glory -- congratulations on all your hard work! You deserve a break!


Adam said...

Gignaotosaurus just might be my favorite dinosaur name to say. This looks great, Loreen. Can't wait to see it.