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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Well, I finally have an advance copy of my book in my hands....and I must say, I am OVER THE MOON!!!  Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson did a fabulous job interpreting my manuscript and enhancing my story with their amazing illustrations.  I couldn't be happier!  I am so grateful to my publisher for choosing them to illustrate Sofia's Stoop Story.  And, I am honored that this amazing husband and wife team were willing to illustrate my first book.  They have illustrated numerous books (I think I own all of them.) for some very famous authors...Maya Angelou, Dr. Seuss, Jon Scieszka, and Mary Pope Osborne, to name a few.  I thought you might be interested in the process they used to illustrate Sofia...  Below is an excerpt from my publisher, Francine at Blue Marlin Publications' Facebook page:
"I recently attended a luncheon at the Children's Book Council, at which I enjoyed listening to Sarah Harrison Smith, children's book editor at the New York Times, discuss what interests her the most when considering which children's books to review. Ilustrations. "So often, I want to know more about the illustrations, how they were done, the media used, etc. I'd really like to learn more about that process." Of course! That makes so much sense."

"So I asked Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, our illustrators of Sofia's Stoop Story, to comment on their unique style for this book, and here is what they said: 'The illustrations are collage, acrylic paint, and ink on paper. Photos, patterns, and text are manipulated in photoshop, printed out, and collaged onto a rough sketch. Multiple layers of acrylic paint and ink are then applied. Probably, the most unique part is that we both work on each painting. Most people who work as teams divide the work, but we pass the paintings back and forth, working in layers.'"


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