Entries tagged with “Pelican Publishing


First signing for my new book at First Friday in Brunswick, GA

First signing for my new book at First Friday in Brunswick, GA

I’m still having a wonderful time sharing Way Down Below Deep!

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, 1-4 p.m., I’ll be signing at the Book Loft, 214 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach, Fl on Amelia Island. I’m looking forward to sharing my ocean book so near the ocean!

I’ll be adding more dates, so please check back.

Way Down Below Deep cover
My newest rhyming picture book about the mysterious and elusive creatures of the deep ocean will be swimming its way into bookstores in September. Stay tuned for news and event updates! Meanwhile, you can preview or even pre-order.

Alliguitar and Banjaguar

The first two musical alphabeasts

 

Many early readers of A is for A is for Alliguitar commented that the illustrator did a great job. So I asked Herb Leonhard to share his process.

First I gather visual research materials to help me create the various elements, in this case the animals, instruments and places that will need to be represented. Then I can begin to develop the characters themselves through more detailed pencil sketches. This is where the personalities of the animals are born! I do the entire book as pencil drawings and present that to the other people involved for suggestions and feedback. Then I redo the drawings as acrylic paintings.

Once it gets to the painting part, it becomes more “play” than “work”. Next I scan each painting into the computer and add additional painting, effects and corrections digitally with Photoshop. Sometimes I also paint several of the elements in a scene separately and bring them together digitally, so my work is very much a marriage of traditional and digital techniques.

Click on the “Fun Stuff for Kids” page to print a coloring page of alliguitar and banjaguar that Herb has prepared.  Many thanks to the illustrator!

A is for Alliguitar: Musical Alphabeasts should be available everywhere now. If you’d like a book label signed to someone special (including yourself!), contact me at nancy@nancyrainesday.com.

You can also get your copy hot off the press from the publisher here. Enjoy!