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ARRRRRGGHHHH! Steven Salerno's Pirate Book is Next

Posted by Workbook on 07/31/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Steven Salerno

I am beginning preliminary sketch work for a new picture book project for publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux. It's written by April Jones Prince and is a fun pirate-themed twist to a classic children's story. I am not going to mention the book's title quite yet, as it's not slated for publication until to keep it under wraps at the moment.

Like Father, like son...pirate Style. Character sketches for next picture book project.

My normal process in creating the illustrations for a story, of course after already having read the manuscript a million times and after making visual shorthand notations on ideas for scenes, is to then create preliminary sketch studies of the characters within the story. Once all these studies are completed, I then create a rough storyboard of the entire book, working out the scenes, compositions, balance and flow of the spread scenes, full page scenes, and vignetted images, plus the relationship of the text and image placement, etc.
Once the storyboard is completed (which by the way is not shown to anyone), I then proceed to making all the full-sized final sketches based on the storyboard, making adjustments and improvements along the way. It is these final sketches which are then formally presented to the editor, art director, and design director at the publishing house.

She wields a better sword than ladle...Character sketch for next picture book project.

All the sketches were created with crayon, gouache, and with added digital color.
Anyway, I am at the very start of the whole process, and what you see posted here are early sketch studies. So, the characters I have created thus far could certainly change and evolve further during the storyboard and sketch stages.

A fair lass...Character sketch for next picture book project.
In 2015, I have two new picture books for release:

WILD CHILD (written & illustrated by Steven Salerno - August 2015, Abrams Books for Young Readers) It’s a story about a new kind of wild creature that dominates the jungle and how all the other animals try and tame it to restore peace and quiet. But nothing they try works. The wild creature just gets wilder until the clever gorilla finally figures out a way.

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel (written by Betsy Harvey Kraft, illustrated by Steven Salerno - October 2015, Christy Ottaviano Books) It’s the true life account of American engineer George Washington Ferris, inventor of the giant observation wheel built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and dubbed the “Ferris Wheel.” Visit my illustration website to see the many picture books I have illustrated, as well as to view my portfolios for advertising and editorial projects.

Do Clothes Make the Man?

Posted by Workbook on 06/26/2013 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
By Norman Maslov's Manhattman

Many ask the question, do clothes make the man, or the woman for that matter? Michele Clement illustrates that very question with two recent series of portraits: The Pirates and The Techies.

From an art director, art producer, or client's point of view, is there a difference? Does the period pirate garb get in the way of someone's seeing that a photographer can shoot the modern man or woman wearing a suit or street clothes? Does the business suit get in the way of those same people thinking that the photographer can shoot characters?

I ask these questions without giving any answers. It goes back to the old reality that some need to see a red car in your portfolio before they will hire you to shoot a red car.

I hope we get called for the next Pirate Campaign…or men or women wearing pirate suits.

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How in the world did Andy Anderson stumble upon a pirate reunion?

Posted by Workbook on 09/07/2011 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
By Heather Elder

When Andy Anderson returned home from a trip to Dillon Beach, he shared with us photographs of some pirates that he met there. Yes, pirates. Of course, we knew that we had to share these and the story behind them. Here is what he had to say:
“Sometimes, you never know what images will be handed to you. You can try and coordinate, deliberate, agonize and still never get what you want or need creatively. Well let me tell you a little story about a 2000 mile personal shoot while pulling my airstream. My travels took me to Monument Valley, Southern California first (very hot I might add), and then to Northern California’s Lawson’s Landing in Dillon Beach, Ca.

This place is a wonderful. I love the light, the sand dunes and most importantly, the fabulous people. I didn’t really have any idea what I wanted to shoot and just wanted to see what would present itself. Well it did! Luck would have it that I was camped in front of a Pirate Reunion. Yes, a Pirate Reunion. It had all the things you think modern day Pirates would have. A pick up truck outfitted with a ship’s mast and pirate flag, actual gunpowder pistols (they would only fire these at 3am), and folks dressed up in all the regalia one would think a pirate would wear. It was the mother-load visually. I was flabbergasted!!!

The costumes they were wearing were fabulous. The colors and textures were striking. These characters were just simply amazing.

Well after bribing them with good Jamaican rum (remember Pirates only drink Rum), they allowed me to photograph them.

Once again, I was reminded that sometimes you just have to go with the flow and do what you do best. Just LOOK, pay attention and try not control things too much.


See more of Andy's work here