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Sunday, March 6, 2011

'Walking Through Walls' is a work in progress.

   Being a new contributor for the SCBWI Midsouth Illustrator Blog, as of today, I wanted to share my current WIP, Walking Through Walls, by Karen Cioffi (releasing May 2011 from 4RV Publishing), on both this one, and that one. I cordially invite you to discover that blog, too ... get to know some of the SCBWI Midsouth illustrators, a bit.

Walking Through Walls is an MG (middle grade), novel re-imagining an old Chinese folk tale. There are ten chapters, and I have finished  seven, so far (one illo for each chapter). Here, I share two completed illos (chapter one and chapter five), and the last illo, a rough from chapter nine. As a matter of fact, I had hoped on finishing these up prior to the release of the ARCs, but I just couldn't work that fast (only had a month to do the design layout, the research on Chinese period clothing and harvesting tools, the sketches, and completed illustrations). So the reviewers will see seven completed illos, and three roughs. Oh well. It's an ARC, so it's acceptable.

The cover art was created utilizing Daz3D software and Photoshop. The illustrations are done by hand with standard Sharpie markers, with various tip sizes. I tend to gravitate toward high contrast looks, but in this instance, I am paying homage to the ancient oriental paintings. The ones done in black ink ,with nothing more than a stiff brush. The style is mine, and more modern, but I wanted the feel of black on black, like those.

Cover blurb:
Wang longs to be rich…and powerful. At twelve-years-old, he already knows more about the Eternals and their way of life than many of the adults in his village. Learning about these mystics takes his thoughts away from the possibility of working in the wheat fields all his life, like his father.

Wang has far grander goals.

ISBN: 978-0-9826594-7-2
Available June of 2011 (ARCs available now, for book reviewers - contact author or publisher for more info)
Karen Cioffi's website.

Now, let's look at the illos...

In chapter 1, we see Wang working hard in the wheat fields, in the hot sun, with his father, loading bundles in a wagon.
In chapter 5, Wang comes face to face with the Master Eternal and two student mystics, after a long, arduous journey.
In chapter 9, Wang is scheming how to use the magic the Master taught him, to steal from a rich merchants house.
As you can tell, compared to the two finished pieces at the top, I have a bit of refining to do on the chapter 9 illo. Plus, there are two more 'roughs' on my drawing table that need finished, as well. This one will be time consuming because of all the detailing that needs added in the wall and doors, and the tree leaves. But that's okay, I have a perverse attraction to intricate patterns ... lol.

I welcome any and all constructive comments.

 Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

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  1. These are great, Aidana. It looks like an interesting book.

  2. Now, I didn't jump the gun and leave the first comment.

    This is an interesting book, and Aidana's illustrations add to Karen's story.

  3. It's very interesting, Beverly. The book is also great for schools and homeschoolers.

    There are both comprehension questions in the back, as well as historical tidbits.

    Yes, Viv. You showed restraint ... lol. (She just gets so excited about the books ... )

    And thanks. I really like character building. I think seeing the character helps the kids to visualize better, to see themselves in that spot. Especially at this age, where so many of the middle graders are becoming more disenchanted with reading for fun, due to being pushed so hard in school.

    I am proud to be a part of the book.


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