Yesterday I showed the original concept art for Lips Touch, back when its working title was Goblin Fruit & Other Stories About Kissing, and we hadn't sold it to a publisher yet. Well, once we did sell it, to Scholastic, that art style was out and Jim experimented with some color pieces in a more dreamy and romantic style. Here are those samples. They go to "Spicy Little Curses Such As These," the middle story, set in Raj-era India.
The garden party, when James is listening to the gossip and also to Anamique's playing,
and hasn't turned around yet to look at her. Great gossip face behind him, no?
Portrait of Anamique; see the bird cage? Her voice is described as a caged bird.
Pranjivan, factotum to "the old bitch." All the rumors about him represented:
that he can talk to tigers, has a tail he wears tucked down one trouser leg (the left),
and has been seen without his shadow (it's out on a kite string behind him).
And lastly, this piece was done late in the game, after all the artwork that is in the book,
and was an alternate cover choice at the last minute.
I was reallllly pulling for it, but it didn't happen.
Aren't those so so sooooo beautiful? Love.
Jim has updated his website recently, by the way, if you want to peek.
P.S. You can order Lips Touch here :-)