My collection of book dummies ("pre-published" works in progress)
Not Like Me
Chester the guinea pig is not very nice. He wants to exclude other guinea pigs from playing with him and his kinder, gentler brother Scribbles - just because of what they look like. When Chester needs help - who will help him? Literally addressing the issue of appearances through playful guinea pig characters, Not Like Me will show kids that friends come in all colors, shapes, and sizes.
This dummy sprang from my Red Queen with Mouse Parade image. My goal for this book is to draw lavish and exquisite art to match the style of my original character. It's ambitious indeed! This sample cover art below isn't finished (mostly the mice need faces!). I realize if this one is ever picked up, I will have committed to drawing more anthropomorphized mice than any one artist should (even Walt Disney had helpers drawing Mickey, I know it)! Not a problem, though. I love rodents, and I love drawing. Piece o' cake! :)
Violet the Vole
Big Brother Quentin is my first book idea for very young children. Quentin is only 2 years old, and he has everything he needs. But what happens when a new baby comes along? I enjoyed working in this simpler art style with bold colors. The story highlights an interracial family, based on my real-life niece and her family. Here are some sample interior sketches: