The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie

I have some exciting news!

I’m sorry I have neglected posting for so long but I’ve been engaged in a big project. I just wrapped things up a few weeks ago and now I get to share. I’ve been illustrating this book:

It’s called The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie, and it follows the story of 4 misfit animals as they escape from a villainous circus master. The story was written by the super talented Jacqueline Resnick, and is aimed at the grade school chapter book market. The book won’t be out until December, but it’s already got a page on amazon with my name and Jacqueline’s and an ISBN number and everything. I feel so official!

This is my first time illustrating a whole book for mass market publication, and it sounds like this is Jacqueline’s first book as well (although a little birdie (@Jacqwrites) told me she has a set of more grownup thrillers coming out next year). If this book is any indication I’m sure she has a big career in front of her. The characters and events were so well written it was a pleasure to  illustrate them. I hope I did them justice.

I did 35 interior illustrations for the book in black and white ink wash, as well as the color cover illustration and titles. Once the book comes out I’ll share some of the pictures with you. I’m very proud of them, and a lot of that credit goes to my great art director and the book’s editor over at Razorbill.

It was a lot of work and a great learning experience. The first of many I hope!

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