Monday, July 28, 2008

Illustration Friday : Canned


Maxwell got canned from his job as watch dog..... after paying more attention to the strawberry cupcakes than to the robbers who broke into the bakery.


Wow, I think this is probably the longest I've ever been away from my blog! I have to say I've really missed it--especially the comradery. Thanks so much for all the wonderful and kind comments on my previous post! :0)

The books are going well - right now I'm working on the dummy for The Little Green Pea. It's been quite a challenge as there aren't many books starring peas as main characters so I've really had to go with little reference save for realistic photographs of pea plants and leaves. I finally decided to base some of my characters on the classic images of moons and their faces. All you need is some green tint and you've got a pea instead of a moon! I have three spreads left to do and the cover and off it will go to the art director and editor. While they review that I'm going to start on the next book, Raj. Now, I've drawn lots of cats in my career and have owned cats most of my life so I'm looking forward to drawing Raj (the bookstore kitty who thinks he's a tiger).

Well the drawing desk is calling once again. I'll try to post more often!

21 comments:

AWells said...

You have a STUNNING gallery here!

Laura Zarrin said...

So good to hear things are progressing nicely. Sending good wishes your way. I look forward to hearing from you in future posts.

INDIGENE said...

Wonderful illustration! Good luck with your book(s) and I love the name of your blog!

www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

lil kim said...

cute illo, and glad to hear the books are going well :)

Roberta said...

Poor pup!
Good luck with the books.

Phyllis Harris said...

I knew you were incredibly busy but I have missed your posts!

Welcome back! :O)

Phyllis Harris said...

Oh yeah...LOVE the sweet illo!

erin said...

poor max, "sweet" illo (bakery joke)

Loni Edwards said...

Awww poor Maxwell! He looks so sad! Good job, and welcome back :)

Reagan Carosino said...

I really enjoyed checking out your gallery of work, and watching the video on your website. Looking forward to seeing the pea illustrations!

Ellen Byrne said...

Very chamring and beautiful! I LOVE your work!

June said...

I have missed your posts so much, but I knew you were busy with books. Glad to hear things are going well.
I send you positive creating vibes for the rest of the work :o)

Edrian Thomidis said...

Your style is great. This is a great illustration with a great story! Nice!

Lisa J. Michaels said...

Hi Paige,

Your blog rocks, and I've awarded you with a "Brilliant Weblog 2008 Award". Come on over to my blog site and check it out! http://ljm-illustrator.blogspot.com

Juan said...

Great idea and illustration!

Jess said...

It's great to see another of your lovely illustrations. Your book work sounds very exciting! I hope we get a chance to see bits of it here some day?

Josh (musarter) said...

Great illustration. The color is so vivid. I hope all goes well with the books.

Ginger*:)* said...

Glad to see you back! Maxwell reminds me of Henry. He would eat a bug if it had sugar on it.

I love the illustration and the idea behind it!

If you want to see some really cute peas, check out the Veggie Tales videos. I have a bunch that I show to my K-3 classes. The latest one, Lord of the Beans, features a few peas at the very end.

But, that being said, your idea of a green moon, only smaller sounds delightful!

Amy Farrier said...

poor Maxwell! i love your style and beautiful glowing colors.

Gai said...

he looks so sad, such a wonderful illustration.

Paige Keiser said...

Thanks so much for the kind comments! :0)