Thursday, April 23, 2009

Gimme Spring

Here in Chicagoland, Spring is doing it's best to stay unsprung. Not cool. Spring is my favorite time of year. The promise of warmer temps, heading into summer. Not too hot, but just getting there. So fresh. So clean. Energy burst out of the wintery slump. Temps have been all over the place in the last couple of weeks. Getting a taste of 60's here and there, but then it drops to 30's. Not cool. Supposedly it'll hit 80 this weekend. Let's see.

Still in throes of these two mid-grade novel illustration gigs. They've been kinda neck and neck with due dates. One's a little ahead of the other. The one that's more ahead, I'd like to share some of what's happening. I have, more or less, confirmed character sketches, and this page is what I'm using as my guide for art development.

(Click it to zoom, etc.)

And I just delivered a full set of 50 sketches to the pub (Abrams) yesterday. Waiting for some notes to come back. Here are a couple, from those, that I like. I hope these make the final cut.

In other news, Romy is also ready for spring. She wants to go outside! We're going crazy in here.


Skyebird said...

Thats a really cute picture of Romy! i like the drawings.

Matthew Cordell said...

Thank you, Skye. Romy is the bee's knees, man!

Debbie Diesen said...

Hello from a blog reader in Michigan. Our spring has been fairly cooperative this year, but we do some years have those cases of a cool-spring-that-never-really-springs and then changes over suddenly into a Hot and Muggy Summer. Hopefully your spring will unveil itself soon. Enjoy those daffodils while you can.

Wonderful photo of your little one! And wonderful sketches, too.

Matthew Cordell said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog, Debbie! So, yeah, we got some 80 degree temps yesterday but today it's rainy and 40's. What the...?! Auugh!!