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King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse, early sketches


We’ve lived in our house for 23 years, mouse-free. The week I started sketching King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse, I found a half-eaten box of granola bars in our pantry. I was totally freaked out but also busy sketching lots of little mice. After dropping $$$$ at The Container Store, scrubbing down the pantry, and sealing everything up in air-tight bins, I continued to discover “evidence” of new residents. But then—as mysteriously as they first appeared–they were gone by the time I submitted the final art several months later. Really, this happened. Here are some early sketches (during the occupation). The book releases September 1!

Illustration Friday: Shoe

Happy Friday! Here’s an oldie but goodie for #Colour_Collective lava red and Illustration Friday “Shoe.”

 
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Illustration Friday: Nest

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Illustration Friday: Tornado

Even when the skies are clear, the best days of summer often end with a maelstrom of hair woes.IF-tornado

Illustration Friday: Nostalgia

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I’m double-dipping this week as this illustration is also for Penny Neville-Lee’s Colour Collective (Light Yellow Glaze). The color inspired the memory, as all I could think of was watered-down lemonade. My sister and I won a lemonade stand from a drawing contest sponsored by Pillsbury’s Funny Face drink mix (ok, I’m really showing my age here!). We did not get rained out, but a gust of wind pretty much decimated the storefront and put an end to our entrepreneurial efforts.

Here’s the Funny Face line up, if this triggers anyone else’s nostalgia. Our kitchen floor was always sticky with sugar!

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Illustration Friday: Shelter

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Illustration Friday: Hat

Had a day of writer’s block but ended up with this little pup. I guess the little cloud is his thinking cap. Thinking-Hat

Illustration Friday: Mystery

I found “Evil Olive” on a list of palindromes and was inspired. She’s sure to have a mystery or two in her past . . . .

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Illustration Friday: Unicorn

 

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I was drawing a blank for “unicorn” until I thought about the disgruntled birthday party guest wondering, “Why does everybody else always get a sparkly unicorn?”

Illustration Friday: Whimsical

“Whimsical” reminded me of the pink poodle in Go Dog Go with the fancy hat. I started googling Kentucky Derby hats, and got a little carried away. . . .but these pups aren’t waiting for a horse race, they are waiting for the arrival of my great-niece, due any day now!IF-whimsical