Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Board Book Present


I spotted some blank board books at the art store and thought it would be fun to write a book for my daughter for a Christmas present. It's a sturdy book, but since the pages have a papery surface, rather than the smooth surface most board books have, I thought I'd better make the contents as toddler-proof as possible and used pen and ink. (Can you tell I inked the last page first as a test page?)

Also, happily, it seems my virusy art is salvageable! Hurrah! Thank you Robert for helping us run some scans!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Here's the rest of the book...













64 comments:

-amber- said...

I hope she loves it!! That is so awesome! Hazel has her own book now!!! What a great Christmas present.

Thallian said...

Wow, beautiful, what a lucky girl! I love the twist at the end.

Tyson Murphy said...

hahah wow, i love it!

Mish said...

lucky girl! this is the best story ever!!!!

Kendra Melton said...

Ah! This is adorable, what a cute concept! Wonderful job and such cute characters :]

Alex Fleisig said...

really awesome... great lesson in sharing... and how to share with bunnies and bears... now you should color it and bind it and make millions... and then write the next harry potter seven-ology... cause i need some good new audiobooks to listen to

teresa said...

I love the short story! Made me smile = )

Abe loves Spring said...

Adorable!!

Kactiguy said...

Love it.

Anonymous said...

A great Book!!!! I haven't laughed and cried so much at the same time for a while!
The faces ------ Grandpa has seen them all before. You captured Hazel's many expressions perfectly

A wonderful children's book. Its simplicity is its depth.
Yes colour it and get it to a publisher or self publish for next Christmas when you can do the sequel.

Breadwig said...

ho ho ho, great story! Love it. I really really dig that bunny. There better be sequel.

Michael Pfeffer said...

Your child is going to grow up to be a hat thief!

Vanhoozerbot said...

Wow. Such a cool story, and beautiful illustrations. I obviously need to step up my Christmas parenting game!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Jeremy

Tony C. said...

Very cool to see some new analog art! Love the story and the illustrations!

Christina said...

This is so great! I love it! What tools did you use to ink?

c.g.young said...

Perfection.

Craig Phillips said...

Lovely!!

Tom Jones said...

Ha - I love this. Brilliant!

Guz said...

Amazing! So cute. She'll love it!

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laura! said...

mitten on bear's head = favourite!

i love how your humour is still the same now as when you were ten. (she'll totally love this!)

merry christmas eve!

jonnydark said...

The character designs are sooooo awesome!

Thanks for sharing this! Merry christmas!

Becky said...

Very cute story! It's very special :)

I love your artwork!

Anonymous said...

Ntaaw :) cutes story ever! I love it.

Ben BASSO said...

Excellent! Lucky girl, indeed!

calcetines de colores said...

I love your story!!!!! :) Thanks a lot!!!

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slacer said...

Lovely! Nice open end.

KAHNEHTEH said...

Jeez, that's BRILLIANT, Sarah! So charming. Lucky baby with an awesome mom - congrats!

Eric.

Bryan said...

Very cool story. Love the art!

Charles Eubanks said...

Awesome! I read this to my kids (4 and 5 years old) for bedtime story on Christmas, and they loved it. I hope you saved some high-res scans, because if experience has taught me anything, *nothing* is toddler-proof!

If you ever decide to print and sell this book, I'll definitely buy it. But if you'd rather keep it as a one-of-a-kind for your daughter, I totally respect that.

andreamichelle said...

i find your work inspiring. It helps give me the motivation and desire to work harder at creating with the hope that some day I can develop it into something as respectable as your work.

Kcomposer said...

That's really fantastic!

Hanna said...

What a lovely story, you did a great job. I love the bear, he's so cute!

Eric Scales said...

Awesome. Beautifully done Sarah.

Illustrator's Lounge said...

GENIUS! Hilarious stuff... 'the bear has lost his special hat' had me in stitches! Too good.

Geo.

deannaM said...

Cool!! I love the Hazel Mucha too!!

tera said...

Poor Rabbit!
Terribly cute, though! :)

Ryan said...

i think you have a future with this drawing 'thing'.

Kenny said...

Hey Sarah! Its Kenny again. You commented on my sketch blog a while ago. I wanted to say I love your book for your daughter. When she grows up, I'm sure it will be such a great keepsake for her!

I also thought I'd mention I tried a sketch with hands, and I also have a more realistic face up on www.inkennysshoes.blogspot.com now. Hope you can check it out and give me another comment!

Best wishes in all you do!
-Kenny

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Tulipa said...

Awesome, Sarah! I've been a fan of your work since i found you around june last year at drawergeeks.com =] and i googled you and everything just cuz i wanted to see more of your great skills!!
thing is... i would love to be a part of drawergeeks too, but as you know, i have to be invited in! could you do me that favor?? that way i wouldn't only admire those wonderful pieces, but i'd be able to share my sketches too!
i'll be very greateful! thanks!!
i'll wait for your answer =]
xx!

riko said...

hehe!it's amazing!i love it!

Tom Scholes said...

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeheheheheh

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Hanna said...

Hello, my name is Hanna. I found this site of yours while searching for images of Post-it notes on Google. :)

I'm so glad I found this website, otherwise I would have never read this amusing story. I love it. :D Excellent job!

Lala* said...

Loved it! love your sketches! =)

THING 1 and THING 2 said...

That is so adorable! Those poor animals need to stop leaving their very special hats places! I wonder what happened to Rabbit's...

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Volatile nocturne said...

Cute o^^o

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Maura Eh! said...

Aww this is absolutely lovely.
I love your Sketches . :)

Suzan Nyfeler said...

Sarah -

Your very fine picture book is worth publishing. What an adventure that would be!

Erik said...

I like it a lot!

Z-Kids said...

Awesome!

Laurel H said...

Oh my gosh, this is great! I literally LOL'd at the last panel. Awesome job!

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bruce said...

Amazing!

Giuseppe Bianco said...

I love Hazel!!!!

Marin Petrov said...

That's so strange. Like a deja'vu. I used to have a hat that I found. I liked it a lot. Then one day I lost it. Then one friend of mine found one hat - the same like the one I lost.....hmm.

joke said...

That was adorable and funny, great talent!!

Carla Anne said...

This is so nice.

Scarlet Ily said...

Wow! This is fantastic! Makes me want to go out and buy my whole family (including the pets!) hats!! :)

Teacher of the Year said...

So, I used these pictures and this story in my Spanish class that I teach to four-year-olds. The story wasn't changed in any big way, I just replaced the nouns with Spanish words. They loved it. I love it. You are the best. I go through drawergeeks.com just to find your stuff. Keep it up!