A few weeks ago I had the honor of reading a book written and illustrated by S.D. Smith’s seven-year-old son Josiah. It’s called The Goblin and the Goblet, and it is funny and pleasing to read. This past weekend I decided to do him a cover illustration.
Feel free to drop by and check it out.
I’ve been doodling at the table in our dining nook lately. I find it’s a little more fun than drawing in the office because it reminds me of being a kid. Also, I like drawing while Alissa cooks. These are exploratory drawings for a project later in the year. I’m trying to find a comfortable style for rabbit anatomy that expresses personality and dynamism, but that doesn’t look like a rabbit head dropped on a human body.
My wife and I are reading through Scott Nash’s fantastic book The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate.
We read a chapter a night.
This book seems completely uninformed by what I perceive to be conventional publishing wisdom. It doesn’t feel all that contemporary. It’s a mix between Treasure Island and Wind In the Willows. It possesses a perfect mix of whimsy and seriousness. You get the sense that Scott Nash is writing a book he wants to read. He’s not trying to appeal to kids. He’s trying to appeal to human beings and I can only imagine that kids appreciate being treated like human beings and not like narcissistic, self-interested, non-curious, rebellion-mongers.
Scott Nash’s illustrations are also a delight, and I am burning with admiration for Candlewick Press. They steadily put out a stream of books that treasure Timelessness over Timeliness and I think that’s gutsy and profitable for children and adults alike.
I did an old-school take on a Blue Jay Brigand in admiration for this charming book. My wife and I are only half-way through (she forbids me to read ahead, though I have glanced ahead at the pictures), still if the second half is anything like the first, this book deserves the widest possible readership.