Tuesday, December 6, 2011

From the desk drawer: More alternate Lips Touch art!

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.

Cheers!








11 comments:

Serena said...

Now I don't know which I love more, yesterday's post or this one! Jim is so talented. I think you must compliment each other really well. I love the style of these, the little pops of red colour here and there. Just beautiful, seriously. Excuse me while I stare.

Suzie F. said...

Wow. Just gorgeous!

Leigh said...

I just read Lips Touch recently and was blown away by the imaginative and beautiful stories. I also flipped back to the illustrations like every other page. So beautiful!

Connie Onnie said...

I want Anamique's dresses, they are beautiful.

Kristan said...

I'm having a rough day, but these drawings made me feel a bit better. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us.

Catherine Denton said...

I really love his art! I can see why you were pulling for that last one--gorgeous! The longing is written all OVER her (especially her lips). Heading over to Jim's site now...
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eleanorcalledella said...

These are absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing them!

Lauren said...

Hmm...so good!!! Thanks for letting us see these little treasures.

Amber said...

Love love love, Lips Touch.

:)

Kate said...

Beautiful! I love the alternate cover choice, it's gorgeous! :)

Jennifer said...

Love, love, and love some more! Jim is super awesome talented! So great. I wish everything could've been in Lips Touch.

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