The other day I showed some stuff I found while cleaning out a desk drawer. Here is some more stuff that was in there: alternate art for Goblin Fruit, the first story in Lips Touch!
Hopefully you have seen the final art in the actual book. It is gorgeous beyond anything. That artist is just so talented! (If you are new around here, that artist is my husband, Jim Di Bartolo! And also, Lips Touch is my last book before Daughter of Smoke and Bone; it is fully illustrated and makes a great gift, hint hint :-)
But it is so fun to see this, the very first stab Jim took at it, with which we pitched the book to the publisher. As you can see, it is more whimsical and stylized than the book ended up, plus which we had not yet hit on the concept of "prequel art." Originally we imagined a traditional illustrated book, with art plopped in wherever we felt like it. And there is nothing wrong with that, of course, but I think the way it ended up is so cool and unique.
Still, I really love this art.
The hair! The anvil! The billy goat! The peacock! The ax!
Another version of the same scene as above, naughty girl is smoking:
Kizzy's weird family. I love this. Loooooooove.
See the pouch around her father's neck with his finger bones in it?
And the aunts smoking pipes, and the children racing around?
Look at these faces! The text description was, I think:
"lots of hairy blue-eyed uncles with old beautiful guitars."
Something like that.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again:
Writers should marry illustrators. They're so handy. And in Jim's case, also cute.
Next time I'll show you yet another stash of unused Lips Touch art,
for Spicy Little Curses, in yet another style.