What James Said
Written by Liz Rosenberg • Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
A young artist and her best friend have to sort out a real misunderstanding.
I normally paint in oil. But since it was important to show some of the girl's artwork in the book, I needed to use a medium that kids use. I wasn't about to work in finger paints, so I chose watercolor. It was a real learning curve. With an oil painting, a mistake can be painted over, rubbed off, or sanded away. With watercolor, you get one shot at it. The upside is that it's much faster. And not as messy.
Because this was such an intimate story about two friends, many of the peripheral characters are shown as insubstantial drawings, as if the girl herself had created, or rather uncreated the people around her.
Scroll down for early sketches from the book. Click on any image to enlarge it.