Monday, January 17, 2011

SPUNKY

It's been busy over here in the Castillo studio. I recently finished interior art for an awesome chapter book by Ann Cameron, titled SPUNKY TELLS ALL. Here is the synopsis, courtesy of the author:
Spunky is a middle-aged, serious dog, --a thinking dog, a dog with some troubles. His humans-- Ralph and Michelle, and their sons Julian and Huey — don’t speak his language. Even worse, they don’t realize that smells are the center of life’s meaning. Worst of all, they think that Spunky wants a new companion — a cat!

Thus arrives in Spunky’s life the aristocratic Balinese Fiona-- snobbish, supremely sure of herself and absolutely incompetent — who, to his astonishment, gives him a life purpose and a new way of looking at his world.

I loved working on this book, as it was the first time I've had the opportunity to illustrate a non-picture book. Creating black and white art was a really nice change of pace. PLUS, I got to draw a lot of dogs and cats! Always a fun thing.Look for Spunky on shelves this Fall!

8 comments:

shadrieka said...

cute!

Ben Hatke said...

Hey I love that last one -the cat and dog nose-to-nose. Really well drawn and such a good lifelike gesture!

Selina Alko said...

It's amazing that even your animals have personalities and subtle body language. Nicely done!

Sean Qualls said...

Nice work Lauren!

Rotem said...

Beautiful!

Chad W. Beckerman said...

So this is what you have been up to!

Check out this jem.

http://www.amazon.com/Spunky-Dori-Brink/dp/1588205096/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1295453846&sr=8-3

Lauren Castillo said...

Thanks guys!
Chad, that is one cute Spunky (and I'm very glad he isn't the same breed as my Spunky)!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful picture!