France Sketches: Senlis

Senlis is a truly beautiful town in France, not far from Paris, that has a delightful medieval downtown area. I’ve drawn it before, in 2011:

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but this was my first opportunity to stand in one spot for an hour.

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Senlis has beautiful, unique examples of tudor-era architecture that you can’t find elsewhere. It’s often used in films to capture the claustrophobic feeling of medieval streets.

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Paris Rooftop Adventure Sketches

Charles Marville photographed Paris as it was converting to boulevards and grand buildings, and the photos he took show us what was left of a ancient city turned medieval city turned modern city…breathtakingly romantic and festering at the same time.

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The drawing above was from one of his photographs that I can’t seem to find now, but you get the idea of the light and darks of the narrow streets, and the deteriorating buildings. You’ll find such narrow streets in the Marais area of Paris still, but the rest of the city has wide streets with grand buildings which replace what would have been many streets back in the day.

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It was this setting whose rooftops were the initial inspiration for all those rooftop rabbit paintings!

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Children’s Book project – Paris Rooftop Adventure image 3

We made it to the top of the roof! Just in time to watch the sun set. Gosh…now how do we get down?

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Children's Book project - Paris Rooftop Adventure image 2

Children’s Book project – Paris Rooftop Adventure image 2

Continuing my little daydream about chasing a rabbit over the rooftops of Paris, this is what happens after you work up the courage to jump out that window!

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Children's Book project - Paris Rooftop Adventure image 1

Children’s Book project – Paris Rooftop Adventure image 1

After my last trip to France I kept daydreaming of rooftops and chimneys, so now I’m working on a Children’s Book project about a boy afraid of heights chasing his grandmother’s escaped rabbit across the rooftops of Paris. Now, let’s just pretend that there is no gravity and no danger and that nobody ever falls, ok?!

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Midwest Rendition of Snow White, revisited

Midwest rendition of Snow White

Midwest rendition of Snow White

The first version of this is here. The feedback I had gotten from Paul O. Zelinsky at the 2014 SCBWI Winter Conference was very useful, and in this version I expanded the background substantially.

In the following few illustrations I’ve done, I’ve been paying more attention to the edges–it’s a opportunity to make things interesting!

2015 Winter SCBWI

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I’ll be at the Winter SCBWI conference starting tomorrow with the Illustrator’s intensive, I sure hope you’ll stop me and say hi if you see me!

France Sketches: Landscape by train

I love riding into Paris by train. The fields and small towns go by and the modern, depressing tall apartment buildings complexes sprout up out of nowhere. They have patches of graffiti and parking lots huddled around their foundations. Maybe a shantytown. And then the architecture suddenly becomes majestic. It happens so quick.

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