Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Sunrise Band

 I recently had the pleasure of working on a reader for Red Chair Press. The art director and author, Jeff Dinardo, has extremely high standards and wanted a trade look for the books; so I was delighted to be included. The books, "Funny Bone Readers", all have life lessons and this one centered on how to get along despite being total opposites. And, of course, the power of music to connect.
 It's a 24 page book. I took a few other assignments during March and April but mostly worked on this. It will be released some time later this year; and since I have permission to post the illustrations; here is The Sunrise Band. Desert owls are called elf owls and make their homes in cacti. They have no ear tufts, just roundish heads, so she needed some owlish glasses. The lizard is loosely based on a collared lizard. It was fun immersing myself in the desert with these characters for a while. I'll keep you posted on the publication date.

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6 comments:

sheree boyd said...

these are some of the most beautiful illos, Deb! Is it wrong that I want to be Ms. Owl? She is so adorable and trendy. :) I like the one where she is holding the book...

Margaret Coke said...

I love these! I want to go get the books now!...although its fun to make up your own words in just pictures too :)

Debbie Palen said...

Thanks, Sheree! You can be Ms. Owl. It's OK. It's all going to be OK. Here, let me get you a book to hold.

Debbie Palen said...

Thanks, Margaret! So nice of you to look and so nice to hear from you! I'll make sure I send you one when they come out!

citizentim said...

Incredible work, Deb! I loved it all especially the landscapes. You're the only person I know who draws a mesa better than George Herriman.

Debbie Palen said...

Oh Tim, that is such a great compliment. Herriman could draw a mesa blindfolded. I bow before that genius. Have fun with all your Krazy Katz!! Happy Thanksgiving!