Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Old" & News

This is a very old illo, one I did over 10 years ago for Cricket magazine. But in addition to fitting the "skinny" prompt, it's related to some wonderful news!

The story this illustrated was "The Old Man and the Cat," by Anthony Holcroft. I've always loved this gentle, yet dramatic tale, so I was thrilled when Anthony asked me if I would be interested in doing illos for a picture book version of the story! It is to be published by Penguin New Zealand (Anthony is a New Zealand author).

I'm thinking about setting up a blog for the book & posting some of the illos, which will be done in the collage & acrylics of my more recent work, but with characters based on the original Cricket illos.

Watercolor and colored pencil on paper, about 3.5"x6"

14 comments:

spindelmaker said...

Ooo, I like how you´re characters are all stretchy! And gorgeous colors too!

neilornstein said...

Hi Leah;
Glad to see that you are posting again. Congratulations on the book. I will wait with interest to see what you come up with.
Regards,
Neil

dthaase said...

well done - I like the style

Artemis Wilde said...

Beautiful work! I love the luminous colors.

Dave Parker said...

Hey Leah, great work as always! I think it's awesome that you do illos for Cricket. I don't remember if I mentioned that I still have the issues I received from 1974-1978. They are among my prized possessions.

Angela Matteson said...

Awesome illustration, and spectacular book news! I look forward to the updates.

Emily said...

Congrats!
And please do... process posts are one of my favourite guilty pleasures!
Cheers!

Dayle's Painted Diary-Dayle Dodwell said...

Wonderful news and a beautiful illustration. Wonderful colours.

kathy hare said...

Congratulations Leah! such wonderful news..

translucentblue said...

This is a brilliant piece, I really love your style! And good luck on your new project :)

Chuck Primeau said...

This is great! All your work is. I've spent the last half hour going through all your work on here. The color, whimsy and sense of depth/volume in your images are just wonderful. I grew up in Cary, so reading about your work being on display at the Cameron Village Library reminds of home. Oh and thanks for the kind words over at my blog.

tanaudel said...

Oh, that poor lovely cat! The expression is very affecting!

steve said...

Wonderful news - big congrats!!!

RuTh said...

WoW! Really like this painting! ANd the colours! Fairytale:-)