Book Launch & Pre-Orders

I'm delighted to share the details about two upcoming launch events in the Bay Area!

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Both bookstores are charming and kid-friendly, and we're thrilled!

RSVP on Facebook for either Oakland or Sunnyvale. We'd love to see you there!

If you cannot attend, you can also Pre-Order your very own signed copy of The Wrong Stripes here - woohoo!! Pre-orders start shipping November 18. They're limited to U.S. only right - international peeps, stay tuned!

Note: if you're attending either event, we recommend skipping the pre-order and buying your book at the event so you can support these fine local bookstores.

 

They're making 'em!

I've partnered with PrintNinja to get the books offset printed in China. They've shared some great images of the production process with me:

So many stripes, it makes me happy...

So many stripes, it makes me happy...

PrintNinja crew hard at work

PrintNinja crew hard at work

Fancy machinery

Fancy machinery

Behind the Scenes

I leaned towards a simple, mostly analog process for The Wrong Stripes, so that working on the book felt like a nice break after being on a computer all day at the office.

I usually do all the characters and textures using pencil and watercolor. Then, I'll scan the artwork and add color digitally in Photoshop.

Here's a few examples:

GIFS are awesome! This one steps through the various stages of an illustration.

GIFS are awesome! This one steps through the various stages of an illustration.

A rough and final drawing. 

Various sketches of Rudy. I tried hard to make his design expressive and appealing.

Working away, baby in hand.

Even though my daughter probably won't remember it, it felt really special to share part of the process with her.

First Look!

For the very first time, peek inside "The Wrong Stripes" with these three completed spreads!

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More behind-the-scenes and other updates coming soon!