Published in The New York Times
“… to show the stars
the stars …”
A poem by Robert Wrigley in The New York Times Magazine, April 16, 2017.
Finally done with The Wheel Diver. Ashley badly wanted to see a camo croc on the back cover but deadline ate the crocodile or crocodile shredded the deadline, or . . . something. They didn’t take to each other. Illustrations by Michael Arras, and more of his work can be seen here on a few chapter pages.
They won third place (the youngest singers at the festival!) and the event’s award as the “audience favorite” in what the judges called a “landslide victory.” Go, AVE!
A few layouts from The Wheel Diver, Ashley Schwellenbach’s third book. This 488-pager has been so much fun to design. Michael Arras made it somewhat easy by sending the 21 chapter illustrations one at a time so that there was breathing room between them. But there weren’t any sketches, which meant I had to run with whatever showed up.
For some perverse reason I thoroughly enjoyed working like this.