As I mentioned earlier in this blog, children’s books are my favorite category of illustration. Fantasy children’s books—featuring mythical creatures, magical spells, the impossible made tangible—are my favorite stories of all.
It’s been my privilege and delight to work this past summer on a new children’s book written by the husband-and-wife team of Thomas and Aubrey Maynard.
The book features an endearing–but slightly bumbling–young witch named Matilda Grumkin, who has just graduated from Witchery University. Matilda is eager to begin her new career as a full-fledged good witch.
Firstly, she must acquire the appropriate tools, clothing, and accessories of a “real witch”.
So, Matilda makes a Shopping List of needed items which includes: a pointy hat, a flying broomstick, a cauldron, a black cat, potions, and much more, and heads out on her first bewitching adventure.
Of course, I don’t want to give away ALL of the story; however, I can’t resist sharing a couple of the illustrations in my portfolio section and a couple more here in this blog entry.
In the upper right, you’ll see the hand-drawn front cover. Below, Matilda chooses the perfect Crystal Ball to check off her list. Not too big, not too small.
On my portfolio page, you’ll see Matilda selecting a Book of Spells at her favorite bookstore, and then, back home, attempting to follow the book’s instructions to cast her first solo spell. I’ll give you a hint. The results are not exactly what she intended.
I hope you find these drawings delightful. I had great fun creating them. Better yet, I hope you’ll buy the book. I’m told a series is envisioned.
If you are an author, publisher, or Art Rep seeking to create fantastical adventures for young imaginations, my wizardly tools await you.