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Monday, November 03, 2008

New titles forthcoming -

The series that I have been working on this year (along with my friend Jo) will be released any minute now. We got to peruse advanced copies a couple of weeks ago at the Inside Story event, and they are beautifully printed. With sparkly covers.

Speaking of covers, it is always interesting to see how they shift from their original form to their printed version. Sometimes it is subtle, like in this example.

Sometimes less subtle. (I am not a big fan of turquoise and bright greens. Ah well...) You can see large versions of the final covers on the macmillon site (where magically, they are listed as 'bestsellers' - which is a trick given that they haven't actually been officially released yet).
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And on another note entirely: the Urban Sketchers blog has now gone live. It is a wonderfully artsy example of sketchbook goodness.

20 comments:

Soozcat said...

Hee. Apparently the title of Macmillan "bestseller" is, like Disney "Classic," awarded instantaneously.

I think you've done very well, considering the ultra-sparkly mega-girliness of these titles.

PG said...

Eeew, what have they done to your gorgeous colours in that last one!!? Can't hide good draughtsmanship though, even under sparkley bits! ;)

Chris.P said...

In my first book, the blues and greens were transformed into a psychedelic quagmire. Yours have faired better than mine did.

I really should convert all my illustrations to CMYK before sending them off. It's just the case of getting the time to do it.

http://artistsquest.blogspot.com/

Vickie said...

I like your original colors. I'm sure though they thought they were to soft to catch the eye. What a pity that they don't realize just because it's bright and shiny that's not what catches the eye. It's the quality of the workmanship! It's all there.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Whoa, they really did change your colors. I guess they know what they are doing.....but I like the originals better, of course, I'm not exactly their target consumer........

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Your work is so consistantly strong. AND I prefer the original colors over the finished covers. Oh well, what can you do? How large are the originals, Tara?
Keep sharing.

Maddy said...

Quite dazzling! I'll nip along and check out Urban Sketchers.
Best wishes

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

tara, these are beautiful!! you must be so excited and so proud all at the same time. my daughter loves horses. congratulations!

tlawwife said...

Congratulations!! I would be soooo excited. I'll bet it is a little disappointing to have them changed though.

Jennifer Rose said...

While I love green, that is a lot of green lol It is neat to see the printed image. Lets people see how different covers can look from the original art. Thanks for sharing :)

The Ms. S said...

Beautiful!

(Like your moodier colours best)

moreidlethoughts said...

If I was a little girl, I'd go looking for a "real" cover, with horses of appropriate colour. I wonder who decrees that little girls WILL like sparkles?
But I'm just a picky old woman.

Kate said...

Oh, I love these. Thanks so much for showing the "before" and "after"...it can be disappointing at times and jarring to see what happens when art leaves our hands and is run through a press. However, I think thse look equally great either way. Congrats.

Gina said...

OH my gosh, those are so gorgeous. You sure do work hard and your work is always so beautiful. Congrats!

natural attrill said...

Wonderful to see your work, thanks for showing us!
I much prefer your more subtle colours.
Penny.x

clairesgarden said...

your illustrations are fabulous and I hope the sale go well!

Gail said...

I much prefer the original colours, but hey-ho - they do say the client is always right (at least let them believe that ;-) )

It must be great to see these in print after all the hard work - well done.

-GailX

Eric Orchard said...

Love the covers! Wonderful compositions!

ruthie said...

All you hard work was so very worth it, your originals are beautiful, i love the colour & composition. congratulations * ruthie*

J.L.Meyer said...

Your original colors are lovely!

You have my sympathy on the color changes. That happened recently to me as well.