Sunday, January 17, 2010

Amulet 3

So Amulet 3 is done! I ended up painting 125 of the 198 pages in the book, which was a huuuge undertaking, but I learned a ton in the process. I was also able to help out with some story editing duties for this book, which was a ton of fun. Kazu and I were able to spend a lot of time bouncing ideas off of each other, and I think having that extra layer of editorial input really strengthened the final product. The book is really a fantastic read, and I can't wait until September when everyone can get their hands on it.

Here's one of the spreads Kazu posted today. This is one that me, Anthony, and Kazu all worked on, and it turned out to be one of the best spreads in the book as a result.

Now it's on to Flight 7 stuff before we start on Amulet 4 in March. I'll also be helping Jake out on Missile Mouse 2 in the meantime. Sounds like it's going to be another busy year, and I am super excited.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Lift Off: The Art of Airships

It's been a long time! We're finally finishing up Amulet 3 this weekend, which is really exciting. I can't believe how proud of this book I am, and I don't think I've worked harder on anything in my life. The book won't be out until September of this year, but once it hits shelves I think it's really going to be a hit. We've gone above and beyond with this one in just about every way possible.

It's nice to be able to breathe a short sigh of relief before we start on Book 4 in March. In the meantime I can finally sit down and do my Flight story!

Unfortunately this week turned into a bit of a perfect storm with the Amulet deadline, my sisters visiting from Minneapolis, and a new show at Gallery Nucleus which I am super excited to be a part of!

The show is called Lift Off: The Art of Airships, which should be fairly self-explanatory. It features some absolutely incredible artists, which has me feeling incredibly lucky to have any space on the wall for my meager entry...

That said, I'm really proud of this one, and I hope it resonates with someone as well as it did with me as I was working on it.