So now we're up to the letter O, and for that letter, I remembered my friend Edward Lear who inspired these books:
Apparently, this book has come to life in Japan!
Here's my little poem about the owl with his oboe.
O is for Oscar who just could not sleep. He'd practice his oboe rather than counting sheep.
O! An owl who ought to observe his bedtime!
There are too many wonderful owl species to choose from, so I went more cartoonish with our friend Oscar, giving him rainbow chest feathers and ears. Here's a detail shot when I was painting the feathers in:
At this juncture, I've made all of the figures for the book and just need to paint them in the next few weeks. I'm still on schedule for my late November release, and for you Kickstarter backers reading this who pledged for sculpture rewards, I will contact you in September once the book is sent off to the printer to get going on your projects. Here's a studio shot of most of the elements I'll be painting in the coming weeks:
So now I will fly off into the sunset, but not without leaving another owl video for your amusement.