Monday, June 23, 2008

ALA


I’m off to Anaheim later this week for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’ll be signing at the Simon & Schuster booth on Sunday morning, June 29, from 9:00 to 10:00. Later that day, for the Simon & Schuster Original Art Lunch (or whatever it’s now called), I’ve printed up a book which lays bare the relationship between sketches, research, and final art for the funny and forthcoming The Hinky-Pink, by Megan McDonald. (It also lays bare an ability to make typos in both English and Italian. There is no in-house copy editor here at the studio, for any language.) Finally, on Monday morning, I’ll happily attend the presentations of the Sibert Committee on behalf of the crew (and cat) of Lightship. Librarians of America, I’ll hope to see you there!

5 comments:

Joe Sutphin said...

Brian,
how can we get a copy of this sketch/art book without being at the event?

Brian Floca said...

It’s a kind question, Joe. These print-on-demand books are not super cheap, though, and even if copies were available at cost, it would be a steep price for a thin paperback. Closer to The Hinky-Pink’s September publication date, though, excerpts might make a good couple of blog postings. Thanks for the interest!

Joe Sutphin said...

Well, thanks anyway. i would love to have a copy someday though. I recently purchased a editors copy of Tony D's new book Kenny and the Dragon, in rough sketch form, for around $30.
i found it to be a great tool in learning about the book making process.

matt said...

hey, brian. do you sketch at final art size for your dummy? just curious. sorry to miss ala this year...

Brian Floca said...

Hi, Matt. I was sorry not to see you among the chain hotels of Anaheim! In answer to your question, ah, sometimes. There’s no very systematic process, and the sketches come and go in many sizes. If memory serves the sketch shown here is the last iteration of this scene done before final art (after many thumbnails, etc.) and so is done at size so that it can be transfered easily onto watercolor paper (via lightbox and pencil).

Looking forward to your G. Washington --