Thursday, August 13, 2009

The First Post






Well, here it is. My first blog. My first post on my first blog. I feel like I'm addressing an empty room.
Hello?
Hello?
Hello?


Luckily, I do have a few things to mention, otherwise, why would I bother to build this digital soapbox? First and foremost, I am very happy to announce that I've finally gotten around to illustrating a children's book after many years of putting it off with the same perennial excuse: "I can't find the right story." All of that ended when my lovely wife, Randall, came up with a very charming tale she called, The Duchess of Whimsy. It had all the ingredients I was looking for in a story: absurd characters, playful language that doesn't condescend to the child, plenty of opportunities to draw animals (I'll use any excuse), and above all, a warm heart at it's core. It's a quirky love story about the Earl of Norm, a very plain and simple man who adores the Duchess of Whimsy, a beautiful and eccentric royal who has no patience for the ordinary. The book will be published by Penguin/Philomel in October 2009. Somewhere down the line, I may post some sketches and talk about developing the book and collaborating with Randall.
And yes, we're still married.
By the way, Randall has written two other books- Toy Boat, also by Penguin/Philomel and a New York Times Bestseller! Plus, another due out in January 2010, Mathilda, the Orange Ballon from Harper Collins.







15 comments:

  1. I'm very glad to see you start a blog. I'm a big admirer of your work and look forward to seeing your posts! congratulations on the books, they look excellent!

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  2. This looks beautiful! I'm very interested to see it once Oct. 29 comes.

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  3. Welcome to the blog world, Peter. I've been hoping you might do something like this for a while now.

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  4. Hello Peter! Good news! Hurray! I'm sure the place will be crowded really soon!

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  5. Hello Peter ! So Great to visit your own blog ! A big Hurray ! And now, you won't have time enough to make your contribution on the Sketchtravel 's sketchbook because you have to read comments...

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  6. Looks great and worth the wait:)
    I'm sure you are extremely busy, what with 2 cool new tomes on the horizon, but it would be wonderful to see you:
    "...post some sketches and talk about the developing the book and collaborating with Randall ."
    Best regards!

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  7. Didn't realize you got a blog, Peter! I'm really happy you became a blogger.
    I can't wait to get a copy of The Duchess Of Whimsy. I remember it looked great at the Con.
    Speaking of the Con, thanks for taking the time to look at my book and chatting a bit. It was very nice to meet you!

    -Tuna.

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  8. Im so excited that you have a blog, I have been a big fan for a long time.

    Also, the book looks amazing, Ill definitely be picking it up!!

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  9. Wow, both you and C.F. Payne have blogs now! The world is indeed a better place. Now, if only I had money to buy all these books.

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  10. Wow, grreat news. Congratulations Peter! I always look forward to seeing your new work and as it happens I have an ongoing collection of children's books and have a spot reserved, on my shelf, for your book.

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  11. The book looks beautiful. I am very much looking forward to this one! You continue to amaze and inspire, kind sir...

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  12. Wow! Hello Mr. Peter, this is my first time at your blog but surely not the last, obviously, this should not be new to you, but you're a great artist! you have great sensitivity for drawing, you have a great gift! I have a good time enjoy all what I've seen here, I could write on any post, but this illustration of the banquet, it's certainly my favorite! really congrats man!

    Hey, with great humility, I invite you to take a look at my blog, and, please, give me your comment, I appreciate it a lot! Thanks!

    EE

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