Tiger Boy

Postcards from the Rock

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Charlesbridge Publishing, curious city, drawing, Illustration, Illustration Institute, Maine College of Art, Peaks Island, Portland Stage Company, Tiger Boy, Tilbury House | 1 comment

I have always been a snail mailer. Even when I was growing up at the Red Doors Motel, I cultivated pen pals. Creating post card promotions as an illustrator is one occupational hazard that I enjoy. These are just a handful from many years of mailing out samples. Here’s the scoop behind my most recent postcard, Summer in the Slow Lane. I’ve always hankered for little campers and the time to take road trips. I made a sketch on the ferry one day based on a photo I took a few years ago on the way to Stonington, Maine. Kirsten Cappy happily modeled inside this camper we spied for sale...

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long live lunacy

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, collage, Illustration, Island Birthday, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Luna Press, pastels, Peaks Island, Tiger Boy, Tilbury House | 3 comments

Have you heard? There will be a full moon on Christmas for the first time since 1977. I’m well versed in lunar cycles, thanks to my contributions to the Lunar Calendar since 1983. Over the years, I’ve had the honor of creating the color cover several times, always a treat. These are a few of the ideas I presented to publisher Nancy F. W. Passmore for the 40th edition. The calendar is a vertical format with a fold, and I like to cross that, if possible. Nancy is fond of the idea of keeping her moon boat afloat, so she picked the bottom left. I was happy to develop the one idea...

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crossing waters

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Children's Book Illustration, collage, Illustration, pastels, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library, Tiger Boy | 2 comments

Great news! Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins is among the books chosen by Waterbridge Outreach, a non-profit literacy organization dedicated to providing both books and water development to under-served areas around the globe. How cool is that? The original illustration for the book jacket is in the exhibit The Storybook Waters of Illustrator Jamie Hogan, in it’s final weeks at the Portland Public Library. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do! Thanks to Fran Houston for this panorama of the show, 20 originals from 7 books, and all involve water. Waters run through much of my work,...

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Storybook Waters

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in A Warmer World, Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, Here Come the Humpbacks, Ice Harbor Mittens, Illustration, Island Birthday, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Maine College of Art, pastels, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library, Seven Days of Daisy, Tiger Boy, Tilbury House | 0 comments

The Storybook Waters of Illustrator Jamie Hogan opened last week, with a swell flock of peeps gathering to see my originals from 7 picture books, and hear Eva Murray read Island Birthday. It’s not every day two island girls make a book. We both deal with crossing water; I was delayed leaving Peaks Island because of capacity crowds on the Casco Bay Lines ferry. Eva flew from Matinicus, thanks to clear weather. Smiles abound when serendipity brings us together, in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library....

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Bloomin’ books!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Children's Book Illustration, Illustration, Island Birthday, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, pastels, Peaks Island, Portland Public Library, Tiger Boy, Tilbury House | 1 comment

This is a super duper first: I have 3 new books recently published! They are written by different authors, and have very different stories to tell. BUT, they have a few things in common, besides featuring my work: Each book has lots of blue on the cover, yup! And there is water involved. And the moon plays a part in every story. Here’s a list of bookish events coming up:   June 27 at 10 AM Hello Hello Books  Rockland, Maine Author of ISLAND BIRTHDAY, Eva Murray, and I will have our first book event together. Two islanders’ ferry schedules converge, watch out. Eva will read...

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Tiger Boy launch

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Charlesbridge Publishing, Children's Book Illustration, Tiger Boy, travels | 4 comments

I waited years to illustrate Mitali Perkins‘ book, Tiger Boy. How proud I am to celebrate it’s recent publication! We gathered at Newtonville Books yesterday, home of many of Mitali’s book events during her years living in Newton, Massachusetts before moving to California. The retail counter is cool. Mitali talked about the evolution of her story, thanking Charlesbridge editor Yolanda Scott for her steadfast nurturing of the book. The plot, people, and place Mitali created were inspired by her father’s youth, travels and research to the Sunderbans, and her own abiding...

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