Small Star, Big Deal

I’m thrilled to share the news that The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook, due out November 1, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. This professional book reviewing service is a big player in the book world. Over the years, Kirkus has established a reputation for exacting, frank reviews. Earning a Kirkus star is coveted top honor. Like a Michelin guide for books, Kirkus Reviews helps good books get attention and offers booksellers and librarians a way to sort through all the new books published and select the ones they want on their shelves.

The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook will appear in the October 1 issue of Kirkus Reviews Magazine.

I thought you might like a glimpse behind the scenes to see how a book page takes shape from rough idea to final artwork. I wanted the book to have the look and feel of a sketchbook, so I started with thumbnail sketches to consider artwork possibilities, text, and layout. The best thumbnails became more detailed pencil sketches, and then full watercolor illustrations. (Click to view larger.)

Coming Soon! New online class: The Art of the Bird: Eggs, Feathers, and Nests offered at the Winslow Art Center; Tuesdays, Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 6-8pm (EST). Registration opens later today or tomorrow and will be limited to 12 participants. I’ll also be doing a FREE Art Chat on November 5 at 1pm (EST).

29 Comments on “Small Star, Big Deal

  1. That’s great! Congrats on the starred review.

    I love your process sketches. Always fascinating to see how people think about design. And the feeder tube is especially interesting — not something I’ve seen in your work and very different looking. Cool, though.

  2. How exciting for you, Jean. My copy has been pre-ordered too. Thanks to your posts, I have learned much more about nature and your artwork has informed my photography.

  3. Jean, that is thrilling! Congratulations! just pre-ordered two for lucky grandchildren—but I get to look at them first!

  4. I have been anxiously awaiting its release to get my preordered copy. I’m am SO happy for you that you have received this distinction. Congratulations! I know it is so well deserved.

  5. Congratulations, Jean. I can’t wait to purchase your book .I would love to have you sign it for me.
    Maybe I’ll sign up for your class. Tess

  6. Can;t wait to get my pre-ordered ones. Congrats and LOVED your journal. I know every person who receives your book as a gift from me will cherish the creativity and learning. Thank you in advance! Lynn

  7. Wonderful news. And why should this surprise us? Those of us familiar with your art know it’s well deserved. I look forward to the release of your book.

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