Scotti: I love the detail and complexity of this castle illustration. It encourages children to imagine living there, exploring and playing and discovering magical things!
Christina: The throne room. I am integrating a lot of letters in the design. This scene is from the first chapter with Rho, the King and Sir Clooney.
Scotti: How wonderful to see King Omicron and Sir Clooney "in the flesh"! I love the lettering on the dais, with the letter C missing.
Scotti: What charms me most about Rho is the expression I see in her face and eyes. There is a sense of wonder and curiosity that I love.
I have started doing some sketching on this wonderful book Scotti has written. My favorite non-human character is the Dragon Dash. There is a dash of the dragon from Grendel.
Scotti: Okay, I'm just going to blurt this out: I LOVE this dragon. He is Dash all over!
Christina: As far as humans, here is my first sketch of the main character Wordsworth on his Cavabok. I have painted Springboks before (and spronking Springboks), but this was more pony-like. I wanted him to be more solid like a pony than the slender gazelle look. This could be the new unicorn! Looking at my most recent sketch, I may add some gazelle markings to add a little wildness.
Scotti: As any writer will agree, it is a joy to work with an illustrator who "gets it." Christina not only reads the manuscript carefully, she seems to read my mind as well. Klause looks fantastic. I like the idea of adding gazelle markings.
|Cavabok in progress|