The Maypop Kidnapping

Here is a cover I illustrated for Lerner called The Maypop Kidnapping by C.M. Surrisi. The story is a fun mystery about a girl who is convinced her teacher has been kidnapped. Since it takes place off a coastal town in Maine, I was art directed to showcase the setting in the sketches. After several twists and turns (just like the book!) we ended up with a final. It was only after I completed the cover that I discovered the true identity of the author was Cynthia, who attended grad school with me at VCFA. Talk about a Scooby Doo-ending!
This cover image was created in doc martin dyes, adobe illustrator, and brought together in photoshop on my wacom cintiq. Below are some of the sketches leading up to the final cover.

The Island Of Dr. Libris

Here is the newest book cover I illustrated for Chris Grabenstein’s The Island Of Dr. Libris. It’s a fun middle grade read about a boy who has to spend his summer at a lake house where there is no television; just a library and an island across the lake. As the boy reads, strange things begin to occur on the island….

Nicole, the designer I worked with at Random House, asked that I make the cover similar to Chris’s previous book, The Library of Mr. Lemoncello. The children and the characters on the island were to be done in silhouette and the lush vegetation on the island was to be created in adobe illustrator. I went through seven rounds of sketches, but all of them are so similar I wouldn’t want to post them and have one confused for the actual cover. Below is the cover that will be released next year.

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