Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I see a face

I don't know if others do this, but I will often notice faces in things.
This is from a culinary school bakery with nice bread.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Christmas Quiet Book Cover Drawings

The Christmas Quiet Book is officially coming out in less than a month! Here are some of the original drawings done for the cover, some changed as the cover progressed.

Review are coming in for the book and so far so good (whew!) here is one from Publishers Weekly:

The team that celebrated various kinds of quiet in The Quiet Book revisits that theme with a holiday twist. Underwood again exhibits a flair for selecting evocative scenarios and moods: “Hoping for a snow day quiet” and “knocking with mittens quiet” immediately set a wintry backdrop, while “blown fuse quiet” and “shattered ornament quiet” speak to the more frustrating moments of holiday prep. Watching the furry animals in Liwska’s subtly hued pencil drawings participate in a Christmas pageant, make gingerbread houses, and listen for sleigh bells adds to a sense of gentle anticipation. Reverence for the quieter aspects of the season is indeed a gift. Ages 4–8. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Sept.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The grind

Now that I have a studio, I am making coffee at work sometimes. We have a little electric kettle and a hand grinder that works pretty well (the coffee smells so good after grinding). My editor sent me the coffee - to give me a boost!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Nice Typewriters

I am just posing for this photo. When I finished high school I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I signed up for a typing class because I thought it might lead to something to do. Anyway I moved away before the class began so I never learned to type properly. Worked out fine in the end, eventually found something to do!

This is at our neighbour Janine's, she has a typewriter book project in the works: