Sketches from the Author
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Thumbnail sketches help me to figure out the pacing of a book, and show the book in its entirety revealing how it works as a whole. They make clear the amount of variety from page to page.
Sketches from the dummy are drawn fairly quickly so that I achieve the spontaneity I want. This allows for me to get out of my own way.
I draw with my favorite pencil on tracing paper. I then Xerox these drawings, taping them together into a dummy. This is what I send to the editor.
I really wanted this book to have a very imperfect, hand-done quality. So, I decided to use an etching process.
I etched the linework into a plate, rubbing inks into the line. I then rolled the plate and paper through a press.
With this book, I wanted to convey, with as few words as possible, the feeling of connection to self--where all senses are fully engaged.
"A glorious visual meditation on light, color and home for even the smallest child and artist."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"It's Tusa's portrait of the ideal childhood, liberated from the tyranny of schedules and achievement....inward-turned imaginers will recognize themselves."—Publishers Weekly
"Like a swing on an autumn day, this gentle, contemplative title invites viewers to escape and soar."—Booklist