Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Congrats, Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish: 100,000 sold! Interview with illustrator Debra Ziss
In celebration of Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish selling over 100,000 copies, I thought to post this fun interview with illustrator Debra Ziss. Listen in with your totz:
1. Can you describe your process, Debra?
i usually see something in my head the moment i read the manuscript. then i sit down at the computer and "sculpt" in illustrator. by this i mean that i draw shapes and refine them until they begin to look like something. what i see in my head is NEVER what appears on screen. i'm usually pleasantly surprised by the end result.
2. Want to share an early sketch?
you can see sketches on: debbiedoesdoodles.blogspot.com i posted my original ideas for the book along with some finishes so readers could see the process. Like this:
3. Do you have any totz in your life now?
i sometimes test out my drawings on my "peanut gallery", my friends kids. if they like and understand what i've drawn, i know it's good!
4. Um, do you like to eat fish?
sushi is a personal favorite. good nite fishies!
Thanks, Debra! I love how our work came together. Thanks also to editor Rotem Moscovich and Scholastic. *hugs* And final thanks to everyone who has purchased copies for your totz!
Here's one last look at that sweetie pie reading to us:
Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish
by Lorie Ann Grover
illustrated by Debra Ziss
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, 2009