Thursday, July 16, 2009

Raj the Bookstore Tiger




I'm sorry I've been away for so long, I've had some "life" things come up that have been time consuming--some difficult and some (such as my recent book projects) very wonderful and enjoyable. Raj (star of the book: Raj the Bookstore Tiger, written by Kathleen T Pelley) has been keeping me company. Always purring and jumping in my lap, wanting attention. He's such a charming kitty I can't wait for everyone else to meet him. I'm now getting to my favorite part of the book-making process...the painting!!! It's where the magic really starts to happen. I created my wall of art, where I hang wires across the walls and hang the book art in order to see how it's all coming together. I then put up the two color pieces shown in the photo below, and while I was talking on the phone the wire came undone. Argh! Down came the two spot pieces! It was not far off the ground, but still, it startled me lol. I'll be using nails for the wire this time instead of tape! I'll also post photos of the wall as I progress through the book.

The bw ink drawing is unfinished - still need to add more books, and of course the watercolors after that!


8 comments:

woody said...

This is looking great Paige! I've missed your postings, glad you're back. Painting is my favorite part of the book process also, where the magic happens!

Shirley said...

I am so excited to see this progression of your work. Sorry to hear of the spot pieces coming down..yikes! Glad you are back and I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful illustrations! Take good care.

Alina Chau said...

Great to learn about your work in progress!! Wonderful works!! BEst wishes!

storyqueen said...

When does Raj come out? So excited to see the sneak-peak!

Shelley

Mônica said...

I have been looking forward to this book since the first time you posted sketches! Your ink and watercolor pieces are always so fresh and clean and bright, it's such a treat to see your work in progress!

Phyllis Harris said...

I LOVE seeing these! The art for this book looks amazing! Can't wait to get it when it comes out! Hey, btw, I sent you an email when I was on vacation in response to your email...hope you got it. Let's chat soon! :o)

Paige Keiser said...

Thanks SO much for the encouraging words everyone! The pen and ink style has always been something I've wanted to delve into a little deeper and it's a little nerve wracking to take a new direction. Thanks again!

Hi Storyqueen, Raj is coming out in 2010 but not sure exactly when yet. I will post that info as soon as I find out. "Baby Moose Visits" published by Dutton is coming out in 2011 (thought I would include that).:)

Phyllis I'll give you a call this week, would love to hear all about your vacation (and new Highlights job WOOT)!

Paige Keiser said...

p.s. sorry about the unclear image here, I'll post clearer ones when I get full permission to do so!