Happy Birthday to Me!

For my birthday, I will be:

1.  Finishing the book
2.  Finishing the book
3.  Finishing the book
4.  Road tripping with a ton of good birthday friends to celebrate lots of March birthdays!

Finally, I get to play.

Finished the above last night around 1:30 am.  I slept over at Lee and Ty's house so I could paint forever then get up and start painting the very last one!

Here's my color comp:

This isn't the end, so you know.  Familius only needs these done so they can make a "sample book" for sales purposes, and then I"ll spend the next month reworking all the paintings and fixing all the things wrong with them (I have a looooong list of things to fix).

I'll let you see all that stuff too.

Oh!  And then I'll make a book trailer and put it on youtube.  :) :) :)


  1. Happy Birthday!
    My favorite picture book as a kid: Polar Express
    My favorite children's novel as a kid: Number the Stars
    My favorite picture book as an adult: Marsupial Sue (as well as many others)
    My favorite children's novel as an adult: The Invention of Hugo Caberet and Wonderstruck.
    These are just a few, I am sure I can come up with a lot more.

  2. Happy Birthday!!!

    I had a lot of favorite books as a kid. But I loved, LOVED Oh Were They Ever Happy and Dr. De Soto. As an adult I love all the Skippy Jon Jones books. They CRACK me up!!

  3. Happy Birthday, Ginny! I guess you're celebrating and/or sleeping now!

    My favourite picture book as a kid was "Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man" by Robert McCloskey. Burt is a Maine fisherman who takes refuge from a storm, by hiding inside a whale. While he's in there he paints the inside of the whale, which then gets a stomach ache and pukes him out again. Brilliant plot, no? I loved it. My wife recently bought McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings", which has graphite pencil drawings and an "out-dated" font and text, but is still able to capture your attention.

    I have lots of PB books I love now.

    Anything written and/or illustrated by Stephen Michael King is an instant winner; I have his "Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat" which is wonderful.

    Jeannie Baker's collage work is amazing and she presents important themes in a way that gets under your skin. Her "Mirror" is physically structured to be read in two halves (starting from the centre) simultaneously, telling the stories of two boys in parallel worlds; one in Sydney, Australia, and the other in rural Morocco, North Africa.

    And my latest "find" is David Macaulay's "Angelo", a moving and subtly humorous story about an old Italian fresco-restorer who finds and nurses back to health a crippled pigeon.


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