Today is release day for a wonderful middle grade book written by Susan Vaught and illustrated by me.
I didn't do that fabulous cover, but I did do 11 interior spot illustrations.
This was a really fun project and also a bit of a challenge. One of the best parts of the job was that I got to work with Mr. Laurent Linn, art director extraordinaire at Simon & Schuster.
When Laurent wrote to ask me about taking on this project, he mentioned that this story deals with some very difficult issues that are not typically found in a middle grade novel.
Mental illness, murder, gun rights, child abuse, physical handicaps, etc..
He then supplied a list of needed illustrations which included;
A severed foot
Footer wiping snake guts off the bird feeder
A scary clown guy holding a knife dripping blood
Me? illustrate this?
but the illustrations were to look like Footer, an eleven year old girl, had drawn them herself.
The project was a lot of fun. I just fell in love with Footer and her friends. Susan has written a very clever mystery with characters who navigate through some very difficult challenges. It's done with humor, tenderness, and keeps you guessing until the very end.
I am thrilled to be even a small part of such a poignant, funny, well crafted story.
Happy Book Birthday, Footer Davis!