|a tiny snippet from one of the Paris scenes in CITY CAT, written by Kate Banks|
Last month I started on the final art for my next picture book, CITY CAT, written by Kate Banks
. My editor Frances
over at FSG offered this lovely script to me waaaay back in the spring of 2009, knowing that we weren't going to get things going for a long while. It was so hard to keep this project on the back burner all this time. Location drawing is my absolute favorite thing, and I don't just get to research and capture one beautiful location for this book, but eight! The story takes the reader on a journey through Western Europe, as a cat follows a family on their holiday adventure. I'm in love with Kate's poetic text and selection of cities, and I am so grateful to Frances and Kate for pulling me in to this dream of a book project.
For the last week I have been drawing the gorgeous city of Paris, and
the other day I decided to take a trip down memory lane and watch a
movie I remember one of my teachers showing in elementary school: The
Red Balloon. This film is magic and a must watch if you have never seen it. The above clips are proof.
Unfortunately I'm not able to go to Paris while working on this, but I did travel there in 2009 for a little inspiration and reference collecting. The above are a few sketches from my adventure. I fell in love with this city, and hope to visit again soon ♥