New Release: Beatrice Learns to Dance

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It’s been a while! Things have been busy around here, switching jobs notwithstanding,  but I wanted to give a shout out that my new children’s book, a collaboration with Jorge Eduardo Sanclemente, is now available for purchase! You can read more about it at Bright Bird Press, in the press release, and at the Lulu product page. I’ll have a portfolio page up soon.

This project began as a short story I wrote back in November 2011. It was a cold evening, and I was in my home office listening to a Powerpuff Girls cassette tape, and a Fats Waller cassette tape I had bought at the Central Ohio Jazz Society. It was the perfect mix of happy, fun, bouncy music that sparked my child-imagination.  I jumped from my desk and busted out some solo Charleston moves, or pretended I was Beatrice and wriggled around like I was five.

I’ve been told Beatrice looks like me, and there might be a reason for that: I posed for her dance moves. During our lunch breaks (Jorge and I were co-workers at the time), I demonstrated different Charleston moves. Jorge did a fantastic job capturing the energy of the dance, and the infectious enthusiasm of Beatrice. His process began with drawing sketches in pencil, then scanning them into his computer for clean up and coloring in Photoshop. Aren’t you loving the watercolor style?

I couldn’t be more proud of this little project.

I’d suggest this book for readers aged 5 and older. 5-years-old children probably need help from a parent, guardian, or older sibling. 7-years-old children can probably handle this on their own.

We decided to publish on Lulu because they allow for split royalties… making for much easier taxes if this book takes off. Unfortunately, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Blurb, etc, don’t allow for split royalties so if you collaborate with someone, you have to pay out and hope everyone is honest with each other about that 50/50 split.

Sketch: Crooner Face

Couldn’t sleep last night so I downloaded the Scribbler app onto my Android to play around and make something since I was bored but didn’t want to leave my bed. The idea to write another children’s book, using The Boy’s dogs as the main characters, is now becoming a real project.

The series would be called The Shortie & Crooner Chronicles or something. Sometimes they would be detectives, sometimes not. Not bad for scribbling with my fingertip!

Beatrice in Full Color!

Hey all,

Just got an update from Jorge, the illustrator about our children’s book! He sent me the image below to give me a taste of the style he’s going for. I think Beatrice’s cape should be a brighter color since she’s a little kid, or the background needs to be more vibrant… something. I like how her metal isn’t too shiny, though. She still looks kind of soft despite being a robot, which is awesome.

 

Anyway, that’s a quick update on Beatrice’s Possible Impossible! I’ll try to update sometime soon about how I created the graphics for the Swing Columbus fundraiser that helped our performance team get all the way to Iowa City, IA (and win the team division competition).

Binaebi