|New York rooftops, oil 15 x 20cm|
A sketch that offered some inspiration for the illustration 'Never drop your jar' in Rules of Summer (below).
|Never drop your jar (detail), from Rules of Summer, oil on canvas, 30 x 34"|
And here's a different preliminary sketch for the same thing, with a working title of 'The best fishing is in New York City'. I like this image but the composition did not work well in the context of the final book, which needed to focus more on character action. It's based on a view across from my publisher's office in NYC, using pastel crayon over the top of an A4-sized photograph.