San Francisco treat!

The authors of 'Gracie Brave' have made some tweaks to the manuscript and we are off and rolling again! The down time was necessary for their process and for me, I think, helped massage my creative spirit a bit! I am now in the depths of researching imagery for the next several pages which take place in San Francisco, a place I have visited but not for a very long time. Thank goodness for Google Image ! I also went to several local libraries to look at ways in which artists have chosen to render this beautiful city. There are so many fun images to interpret - it's hard to chose which ones to include and which ones lend themselves best to the story line. 

 thumbnail for two page spread: Gracie twirling in a park in San Francisco 

thumbnail for two page spread: Gracie twirling in a park in San Francisco 

 study sketch of Gracie twirling 

study sketch of Gracie twirling 

I've been doing some tree studies to make the park environment magical - building to the climax in the story. 

 I really got into this willow tree 

I really got into this willow tree 

The process of creating this project is pretty unconventional but I am learning so much and loving the collaboration !