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This is the logo I designed for Frigatebird Press, the company that hired me to do the Odd Animal Alphabet book! Their website is currently under construction, but if you want to take a peek, the address is frigatebirdpress.com (although again, it’s pretty bare bones at this point!) As far as the Odd Animal Alphabet book goes, I have less than ten pages to finish up! So close to being done!!!

This is the logo I designed for Frigatebird Press, the company that hired me to do the Odd Animal Alphabet book! Their website is currently under construction, but if you want to take a peek, the address is frigatebirdpress.com (although again, it’s pretty bare bones at this point!) As far as the Odd Animal Alphabet book goes, I have less than ten pages to finish up! So close to being done!!!

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Just a quick update on the book: I’m still working on turning out the final drafts of each page! I’m getting closer and closer to completion, but as always, it’s been taking me a bit longer than previously expected. Sam, the co-creator of the book, has been busy creating aspects of the digital app version as well as getting in contact with self-publishing companies for the printed version. Ian, the composer of the music for the digital app, is also hard at work creating beautiful melodies tailored to each animal! The end is in sight, but it’s gonna take some serious hours to get there yet!

Here is a close up of one of the more exuberantly cheerful animals in the book, the quoll! What a happy dude.

Just a quick update on the book: I’m still working on turning out the final drafts of each page! I’m getting closer and closer to completion, but as always, it’s been taking me a bit longer than previously expected. Sam, the co-creator of the book, has been busy creating aspects of the digital app version as well as getting in contact with self-publishing companies for the printed version. Ian, the composer of the music for the digital app, is also hard at work creating beautiful melodies tailored to each animal! The end is in sight, but it’s gonna take some serious hours to get there yet!

Here is a close up of one of the more exuberantly cheerful animals in the book, the quoll! What a happy dude.

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Here is my very first originally designed needle felting sculpture! He’s a little scraggly, but hopefully that adds to his charm. While taking a break from the highly detailed animal drawings for the children’s book I’m working on, I busted out this guy in a couple hours. Sometimes it’s nice to focus your eyes away from a computer screen for a while!

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Hello to another new batch of followers! I’m not sure where you came from this time around, but shout out to whoever reblogged my art and got the ball rolling!

Above is the final draft of the Naked Mole Rat page, completing my step-by-step showcase for my drawings! (I know, I know, she isn’t *technically* naked anymore, but c’mon guys, she’s just so happy in her nightgown! I mean look at that cute wrinkly face!)

Earlier I stated that my deadline for finishing my illustrations would be the end of this month. As the end of this month approaches, the less I think that deadline is realistic, especially since soon I’m going to be out of town for a few days. But never fear! I am working extremely hard and I am determined to get this baby done. If not the end of this month, then next month absolutely! And of course, I will continue to keep you all posted!

Hello to another new batch of followers! I’m not sure where you came from this time around, but shout out to whoever reblogged my art and got the ball rolling!

Above is the final draft of the Naked Mole Rat page, completing my step-by-step showcase for my drawings! (I know, I know, she isn’t *technically* naked anymore, but c’mon guys, she’s just so happy in her nightgown! I mean look at that cute wrinkly face!)

Earlier I stated that my deadline for finishing my illustrations would be the end of this month. As the end of this month approaches, the less I think that deadline is realistic, especially since soon I’m going to be out of town for a few days. But never fear! I am working extremely hard and I am determined to get this baby done. If not the end of this month, then next month absolutely! And of course, I will continue to keep you all posted!

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As I began the final phase of my illustration process (shading/detail work,) I took a moment to appreciate the growth I’ve made as an artist during this project. The Cassowary page is for the most part completely done now, and this is just a close-up of the adult Cassowary’s face. While it’s a small example, I think it clearly demonstrates how in just a little under a year’s time my skills have sharpened. It definitely gives me an extra boost to my motivation to see tangible evidence of my improvement! Now back to work! :)

As I began the final phase of my illustration process (shading/detail work,) I took a moment to appreciate the growth I’ve made as an artist during this project. The Cassowary page is for the most part completely done now, and this is just a close-up of the adult Cassowary’s face. While it’s a small example, I think it clearly demonstrates how in just a little under a year’s time my skills have sharpened. It definitely gives me an extra boost to my motivation to see tangible evidence of my improvement! Now back to work! :)

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heckyeahpeterstanton said: Hi! The pages (for the Odd Animal Alphabet) book look great! I'm sorry if many people have mentioned this, and I'm really sorry if I'm missing something and mistaken, but I noticed the elephant shrews were "estatic" and I can't find a relevant word with that spelling. So please forgive me for questioning you, but I'd hate for such a wonderful publication to befall such an error. Hurray for odd animals! I look forward to seeing the book.

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I missed that typo! You are the first to point it out! It’s supposed to be “ecstatic.” I’ll fix that right away. Thank you so much for alerting me to that mistake, and for also being so courteous about it! And of course, thank you for the compliments! :)

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thingsintheseaaretouchingme said: Hi! I just wanted to say I LOVE your odd animal illustrations. I originally saw the Aye Aye on The Brain Scoop's page (because who doesn't love Emily Graslie?!) and it was love at first s-aye-aye-ight. I would love to see the book in print so I hope that happens after your initial digital launch :-)

Wow! Thank you so much for such a lovely compliment! And I am thoroughly impressed by your aye-aye pun. I’ll have to use that one later when I’m trying to impress my fellow animal nerd friends!

The plan is to definitely have a printed copy available to purchase eventually, so I promise one day you’ll be able to hold the book in your hands! :) Once again, thank you!

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Hello to all my new followers!!! Welcome to my tumblr! I have the wonderful Emily Graslie to thank for probably most (if not all,) of you for deciding to follow me.

As I mentioned I would do in an ask I answered yesterday, here is a post showcasing where I am with the children’s book illustrations. The majority of them are still unfinished, but I’m aiming to having them done by the end of this month. Not pictured is the two page spread, because I’m still laying down flat colors on it. I will make a separate post for that because quite frankly it deserves it’s own post!

Edit: I decided to take down some of the pages’ pictures because I realized I want to have some of this book be a surprise for when people buy it! So here’s just a sampling instead of every single page.

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novelsandnarwhals said: I saw your unusual animal alphabet book illustrations and I am so excited for that! When does that come out?

First of all, thank you for your enthusiastic interest! :D

Secondly, as of right now there isn’t a solid release date, but I’d wager sometime in the next couple of months. My illustrations are due at the end of this month, and sometime tomorrow or today I’ll make a post showing how far along I am. The plan is to first publish this book as an app for digital devices, where we’ll have narrators and original background music to accompany the illustrations. The co-creator of this book, Sam, is quite talented at computer programmy stuff so that is where his expertise will come into play. For an actual physical copy of the book, Sam and I are considering running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to independently publish it, but we are also open to exploring other means of publishing if we think it’s a better fit for what we want.

Thank you again for your kind words! It’s so encouraging for me to read them as I’m nearing the finish line of this project!

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Character sketches for March! There was a pretty strong emphasis on cuteness this month it seems.