I am extremely excited to be collaborating with Isabelle Arsenault on another picture book, scheduled for release in Spring 2012. (She recently mentioned the project on her blog, so I am taking liberty to re-blog one of her preliminary sketches.)
A few months ago I received a magical “mood board” featuring sketches for the book. Isabelle has been developing the most beautifully original approach to the characters and palette. She is such an intelligent and subtle artist and I always feel amazed by what she does. Illustration often works on the principle of correspondence—i.e. a “one-to-one” relationship between text and image. But Isabelle is a masterful riffer, a consummate interpreter. She adds a whole new dimension to every story.