Friday, October 5, 2012

A Picture A Day Project Reveal

This is definitely one of my favorite parts of my job. When you see a picture go from concept, to sketch, to final product, and you finally get to hold the final product in your hand. It is seriously the best feeling!

Do you remember this image, first shown here? When I couldn't tell you anything about it, and the sketch looked like nothing more then sqiggles and you were probably like "huh? Michelle this is not one of your best?" Well I can finally tell you a lot more about it! And also prove it got much better!

It's been a few months, but back in May the lovely quilter Diedre of Whimzie Quiltz contacted me to work with her on a special project. She had written a new version of the classic story, A Chirstmas Carol, called A Quilter's Christmas Carol. She was looking for an illustrator to create a drawing for the cover of the book and wanted to be able to have the books ready by the holidays (They would seriously make a great stocking stuffer!) Diedre was so much fun to work with and basically gave me free reign to create an image for the front of the book. Literally my only guidelines were that she wanted the girl to have red hair and that she needed space left to add the title and our names. She also sent me a quilt pattern that she created to go with the story and she wanted to incorporate that as well. Based on these few parameters I went to work, and not that I'm trying to brag or anything but I'm really happy with the final outcome, and I think Diedre and I make a great team! 

What do you think of the final product?

Check out Diedre's site, like her on facebook, follow her pins on pinterest, and contact her if you would like your own copy of A Quilter's Christmas Carol!

Happy Friday Sweets!


1 comment:

  1. We did make a great team, Michelle! I couldn't be happier with this project. Your art is fantastic and you are a joy to work with, too.

    I'll be back when I finish my next opus - "A Quilter's War and Piece." Just kidding, but if I ever do write another book, you'll be the illustrator I call.

    Thanks for everything!