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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mr. & Lady Cover Art

Hello Wonderful people!
I know it's been a while, but I'm up to
my neck in work right now. It's been
super busy around my little studio which is
a good thing. I have been working on a wonderful
book about the late Billie Holiday and her sweet
dog named, "Mister". I am finished with the
inside art, but we have been working on the
cover art over the past couple of weeks.
It's not as simple as just drawing something
and passing it in and everyone saying" It's beautiful
let's use that. It's perfect!" Nope, I presented this cover
and it didn't make the cut. They had something else
in mind for the cover and I will keep that under wraps
for now. The book is due out this fall. I will keep you
posted. I wanted to share with you the artwork.
Hope that you all are having a wonderfully creative


Anonymous said...

Fantastic! A talented superwoman- go!

Ana M.F. said...

A book about Billie Holiday is a dream job!! I love this, specially her dress and the face of the dog!!
Can't wait to see more :)

Trina said...

Well, this is beautiful! Good luck!

Ms. Dee said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the book when it is finished.

k.h.whitaker said...

Ohhhhhh Vee, it's lovely! I can't wait to see the cover they decide to use. Being busy is a good thing :) (((Hugs))) Buttercup, don't work too hard.

Amy Farrier said...

Billie looks stunning, and I can't wait to see more Mister. You are tearing it up these days with the dream projects; so excited for you! And to see more of your beautiful work in print.

Indigene said...

DIDN'T LIKE THE COVER! DIDN'T LIKE THE COVER! Now, I know the whole world's gone mad for sure. They should have taken a poll, we all love it! Where can I send my disgruntled mail? I'm on it!

All madness aside, I love it and it's a side of Billie Holiday, that people don't know about and it's a wonderful way to introduce kids to such musical greatness! I will be playing her music in the studio later and thinking of You! Loving you and your creations! :) :)

rachel awes said...

you are living the dream, dear.
you always make my cover + cut.
lovelove to you!!!!! xoxox

yoborobo said...

Well, I LOVE it. I'm so glad you're busy and your career is flying off - we all knew it would. :)) Take care of thou and count to ten when they ask for more changes - hahaha! xoxo Pam

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Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

You FANS love it, and that seems to count for more, really....if you know what I mean! ;-)
I tell you, I don't know how you deal with all the changes demanded in your work~~I would have hit Screamin' Mimi stage a long time ago, sending paint brushes flying everywhere!!! LOL!
You rock Vanessa~~keep up the beautiful illustrations!


Tara Sullivan said...

Love, love, LOVE this!!! You've captured Lady Day perfectly!!! xoxoxo

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Minnie said...

I would have voted to use your cover, it is beautiful.

Shell said...

What a sweet idea for a book. Love that cover. It was just Billie's birthday the other day.

Janine said...

For my it is perfect. Biellie Holiday looks perfect and I love the exprssion on Misters face. It is so lovely.
Have a great weekend

Bella Sinclair said...

Good heavens!!!! I mean, I knew you were ridiculously good, but this just blew me away in a totally different direction. You have such wonderful versatility! She is, without a doubt, gorgeous, and that dress flows and folds in all the best ways. This is a more serious and tender illustration, but it still has your trademark style. How did you DO that?! Aaaah, Miss V. You can certainly flex your stylistic muscles and leave us all breathless and wanting more! And by the way, Wormy is a perfect name for you. NOT because you live under a rock, but because worms have five hearts. I do believe you have enough love for at least 10.

Sending you some lovin' from the surface. TSUP!

Michaele Razi said...

Wow! I love this! It's a different direction visually from your usual style and it seems so effortless. Just wonderful!

Debra Keirce said...

Beautiful and inspiring as ever, Vanessa!!

Heather said...

FABULOUS!!!!! can not wait to see it- I admire your talent!!!!!!!!!!!

Heather said...

PS - I want that dress - LOVE the sparkles!