All throughout my childhood, my mom was writing books while my brother and I were at school. We would come home around 3 o'clock to snacks of apples and cheddar cheese and regale our mom with the day's stories. I never really knew exactly what her day entailed, but there was evidence of her writing by the sofa: her long-hand writing on yellow legal pads, a smattering of dull and sharply pointed pencils, an unfolded blanket and an empty water glass, perhaps some pretzel rods. It was curious and inspiring. She would read her writing to us some nights. In these days, they were Viking tales.
I was a bit young at that time to understand much, and I drifted in and out. In the end, I think my brother heard more of them than I did. Through the years her stories have changed and I have read them. They are good. Her latest writings are mysteries, the Rodney-Winslow mystery series to be precise. She invited me to make the covers ages ago, and they have been a long time coming. Thankfully, she is patient. It was hard for me to find the time but so rewarding to experience translating my mom’s writing to picture. Collaborating with G.G. has been very cool.
The hard cover books are at press right now and I cannot wait to share them with my mom. She has no idea that they are on the way! Here are the dust jackets for the first three books in the series:
You can read the Kindle editions here!
I've been receiving some nice communications from folks who built my Flowers and Envelopes puzzle. Brad O'Sullivan of Smokepress Press, with whom I work on letterpress projects, shared this lovely image of his wife and some of her students completing it.
In addition to being one of the most amazing individuals on the planet, my Mom is also an author. She has written 1000 page books about Vikings, a book about monkey wrenching, short stories about her botanical observations, and many other things. Her latest writings are a series of mystery novels.
When she asked me to do the book covers, I was excited to see what I could develop and didn't realize how impossible it was going to be to not tweak and tweak every little thing and have the project run on forever. You see, I can't do this with my drawings. They don't rewind the way digital work allows and this is something I love about working in ink and colored pencil. However, I really enjoyed this process of editing and building up and editing again. Here is the cover for one of the three books she has completed thus far in the Rodney-Winslow Mysteries series. You can read the Kindle editions here!
While working on repeat pattern design for my Objects in Place series, I was inspired to produce new business cards. I had them printed through Moo, and I'm thrilled with the result.
The initial patterns were drawn with templates and rulers and colored in with colored pencils. I then scanned the images and created seamless repeat line-work using Illustrator. Here I played around with color, and as you can see there are multiple palettes for many of the patterns. They are printed on a heavy card stock with a matte finish (the Luxe option at Moo).