Stories under the Stars

Thank you Lauren Mari Williams and Westwood PTA for inviting me to be a part of "Stories Under the Stars" - what a fun event! The kids get to hear, watch, and perform a bunch of different stories, and get to stay up late too!

Alternate Endings

With the year drawing to a close, it’s time to reflect on a few drawings and ideas that, for one reason or another, didn't make it into the story. I really miss some of these moments, but that's the nature of the process.

School Visit

I had such fun visiting the bright and inquisitive students at a local elementary school. They had great questions about the creative process and even their own book ideas!

Story time in Sunnyvale

Loved sharing The Wrong Stripes with friends and family at Bookasaurus in Sunnyvale!

Pixar Craft Fair

It was special to share The Wrong Stripes with my colleagues at the 2017 Pixar holiday craft fair! Many of them have watched me develop the idea over the last few years, and have given me tons of support and feedback along the way. People loved seeing the finished book, and hearing about all the different versions of the story that I explored. 

Looking forward to taking Rudy on the road and catching up with our South Bay peeps at Bookasaurus in Sunnyvale this weekend!

Oakland launch

We had a tremendously successful launch at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland last week!! Terrific turnout from friends and family, including a very engaged bunch of kids with great questions. Everyone dressed in their favorite stripes and other patterns to make it even more special.

We did a reading of the book, followed by a lesson on how to draw Rudy and some other fun activities.

It felt amazing to finally have the book out there, and to celebrate the occasion with so many wonderful folks.

Thanks to Naren Dev, Andy Grisdale, Kyle Macnaughton and Sahil Rihan for these great pics.

Head over to our Facebook page for more photos!! Looking forward to our next reading in Sunnyvale on Dec 3.

Fan Art

The best part about releasing the book has been connecting with the audience, especially kids.  Here's some gorgeous fan art of Rudy and his crew created by our youngest fans. It's incredibly rewarding to see them connect with the story, and bring their own ideas and perspective as well.

I'll continue to update this gallery as I receive more artwork.

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!