Welcome to today’s official Blog Tour Stop from publisher Walden Pond Press, featuring Anne Ursu’s new middle-grade novel BREADCRUMBS (review here).
Today’s stop brings us a very special treat: An interview with Erin Mcguire, the illustrator in charge of visually bringing the story to life! The imagery is stunning and the novel is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s THE SNOW QUEEN, one of my favorite fairy tales. This is a complete win-win situation, bookworms!
The illustration process is fascinating, and I’m so happy that Erin was kind enough to share how everything came together with us. Thank you, Erin! I really loved your responses!
What was your favorite image to draw for BREADCRUMBS?
How did you come up with the concept for what would become the cover for BREADCRUMBS? What went into its creation?
We wanted to capture that moment of her entering the fantastical world, and hint that while it was magical, it was also slightly dangerous. After that first round of sketches, I showed another more refined set, adding in wolves and some snow.
From there, we worked on Hazel's specific look, and heightened the drama a bit with the color and lighting. Towards the end of the process, we decided to make it a wraparound cover, so I painted more trees for the back, and added some frost all around.
How does collaboration work when creating novel illustrations? Does the publisher and/or author dictate what scenes to create images for, or are you sent an early copy of the manuscript that gives you your ideas, etc?
What other titles have you done illustrations for? Which was your favorite to do?
(Erin, my favorite non-mentioned cover by you is from CIRCLE OF SECRETS by Kimberley Griffiths Little, which released Oct. 1st!)
What media did you use when creating your illustrations for BREADCRUMBS? About how much time did you spend on each piece?
What sort of artwork would you like to create in the future? What would be your dream job?
More of Erin’s fabulous artwork can be seen on her blog, including sneak peeks at upcoming projects!
Annnnnd before you go, Walden Pond Press honored me by allowing me to share two of my favorite BREADCRUMBS illustrations that Erin created with you: :
I love how integral these scenes are to the story, and Erin has captured them perfectly.
Erin, thank you again for stopping by A Backwards Story. We loved having you!
BREADCRUMBS is available now from a book retailer near you!
But wait, the fun’s not over yet!
Additional BREADCRUMBS Blog Tour Stops:
Tuesday, 9/27 – Review and Book Giveaway at Mundie Kids
Wednesday, 9/28 – Review and Skype Giveaway at Great Kid Books
Wednesday, 9/28 – Book Giveaway at 5 Minutes for Books
Thursday, 9/29 – Interview at Bildungsroman
Friday, 9/30 – Review, Guest Post, and Book Giveaway at Bookalicious
Saturday, 10/1 – Interview and Skype Giveaway at Kid Lit Frenzy
Sunday, 10/2 – Review, Interview, and Book Giveaway at The Reading Zone
Monday, 10/3 – Guest Post at Galleysmith
Tuesday 10/4 – Review at Galleysmith
Tuesday, 10/4 – Guest Post, Review, and Book Giveaway at The Book Smugglers
Wednesday, 10/5 – Review and Illustrator Interview at A Backwards Story
Thursday, 10/6 – Guest Post at The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Friday, 10/7 – Interview at The Book Rat