My latest picture book project, well under way, is illustrating the April Jones Prince story Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates. It’s the spirited retelling of the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears… but this time with a fun pirate spin.
I spent the fall months in 2015 completing all the preliminary sketches and getting approval from the publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux… and have been plodding along since the middle of November working on the final illustrations, essentially completing one spread a week. (There are about 16 spreads in all, plus the title page art and of course the cover art too) It will probably take me until the beginning of March to complete this project, my 25th illustrated picture book to date, and the first time working with FS&G (editor: the marvelous Margaret Ferguson)
Posted here is a sneak peek at one of the completed finished illustrations…. actually a detail view, not the full image. It’s of the main character, Goldenlocks, fast asleep in one of the pirate hammocks. It was created with a deep sepia crayon, gouache and additional digital color.
view an earlier post about this project and view preliminary sketches.
another earlier post here too!
|detail from illustration by Steven Salerno for Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by April Jones Prince|
Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates slated for release in spring of 2017.
And look for my next illustrated picture book in spring 2016!
Written by Audrey Vernick… our second picture book teamed together. It’s the true story of remarkable Philadelphia girl Edith Houghtonâ€¦ who became a professional baseball player at age ten, playing for the, and at age thirteen (in 1925) Edith was star player on an all-female USA team that toured Japan and competed against that countryâ€™s college-level male baseball teams. As an adult Edith went on to become the first female scout in all of Major League baseball.
Visit stevensalerno.com to view all my various illustration portfolios, and my many picture books for kids.
See full post here: Steven Salerno Blog2016-01-11.