birdsong in sepia wash

I know the anthology‘s in black and white, but I thought I’d paint it in sepia tones so the originals would look nice. (Thanks to my friend and website designer Dan Fone for catching the misspelling on the previous page I posted. Half the reason I post these things, I think! Better to catch ’em now…) Here’s the second of four pages. The story’s a bit quiet and reflective on the first two pages, but things change on the third page.

Three people have told me so far that she looks like a grown-up Marcie from Peanuts. I didn’t try to make her to look that way, but it makes me kind of happy that she does.

Another Chaffy sighting! This time you have to work very hard to spot him in a white stone quarry. If you liked Fish-Head Steve and The DFC Olympics in the DFC, you can see their creator, Jamie Smart, signing copies of his book Ubu Bubu at Forbidden Planet in London this Thursday, 6-7pm. I’m sure I will go along because Jamie has been the most elusive DFC person to meet so far, and I am very determined to HUNT HIM DOWN. (Heh heh, if he’s a no-show, you will now know why.)

Edit: Okay, I went back and fixed my spelling of ‘Thursday’ … thanks, Gary!

Edit 2: Other publishing news… The Bologna Book Fair, the biggest annual event in children’s publishing, has suddenly cut the Monday off the fair, making it three days instead of four… massive scandal Ensues! (details)
And WingedChariot Press have brought out the first iPhone picture book app, Surprise by Sylvia Van Ommen, details on the Write Away website.

Edit 3: Gah, Gary and I are on a bad run of misspelling this week… I caught one of his and he caught another one of mine on a Birdsong page (thier vs their). Why can’t I spell this week? I even spent a year working as a friggin’ copy editor… Grr!

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