A book cover assignment led me to discover the Henry and Mudge book series. I did the front image for a teachers' guide to the series that was a bit like being a musician covering another band's song. It ended up being really fun and I hope to do more projects like it.
But like I said, the book series was new to me. I think Henry and Mudge, the stories of a boy and his dog, fall into the category of being a first reader particularly for kids reading late or learning English as a second language. Librarians I talked to all knew it well and there are a dozen or so books in the series. Quite successful and totally off my radar.
My take on it was to find an emotional moment that expressed their friendship. My illustration captures the reunion of Henry and his dog after it gets lost. ... continues below...
And in other news...
A film I did production art for is having its Comiccon premiere in San Diego on the first day of the convention, Thursday, July 24th at 1:55pm. The film is called "Savage-Land". Comiccon audiences are going to love it!
And a warning to my kidlit peeps, this may not be for you as the title implies. FYI. They have two trailers on their website here... http://www.savageland-film.com/
I'm very excited about the film for a number of reasons. A big one is that this is my first time getting artwork in a feature film. I've been in books, magazines, newspapers, videogames, etc. but never before on the big screen. My favorite artists and biggest influences have always been the 'range-y' ones. Guys like Jack Davis, for an example, whose work was equally at home when he was doing Mad magazine, Sports Illustrated, Time magazine covers, movie posters or the first Sesame Street kids' books. The guy has range and I'd like to follow that lead.