Today, I have a special treat for you—Day 1 of Claire Legrand’s The Year of Shadows cover reveal! Be sure to check out The Book Smugglers tomorrow for Day 2—interviews with the illustrator and Simon & Schuster art director, as well as a peek at the interior illustrations—and Mundie Moms/Mundie Kids on Day 3, Thursday, to see the final cover and the first page of the book!
Here at IceyBooks, I’m thrilled to reveal the illustrator for The Year of Shadows and share his initial sketch of the main character, Olivia!
And the illustrator is . . .
For those unfamiliar with the wildly talented Mr. Kwasny, be sure to check out his Tumblr, where he regularly posts sketches, finished pieces, and stunning original lettering. You can also visit him on Twitter and at his official website.
Check out a few of Claire’s favorite Karl Kwasny pieces:
And here’s a note from Claire:
Hi, y’all! I am THRILLED to reveal Karl as the illustrator for The Year of Shadows. As you can see, he is one crazy talented artist, with an impeccable eye for whimsy, beauty, and darkness. I knew right away when I first saw his work that he would be the perfect illustrator for Olivia’s story, and when I started seeing his initial cover and character sketches, I was completely blown away.
For example, take a look at his initial sketch of Olivia, the main character of The Year of Shadows:
Isn’t she WONDERFUL? Karl perfectly captured so much of Olivia here—her look, her attitude, even her vulnerability. Don’t you just want to hug her and say, “It’ll be all right, sweetie. Don’t frown so much. Also, can I have your jacket?”
Thank you so much for celebrating cover reveal week with me—and thank you, Hafsah, for hosting!
Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win one of SEVEN prizes Claire’s giving away to celebrate the cover reveal, including
- two Karl Kwasny prints
- one Karl Kwasny ORIGINAL
- three film scores that Claire listened to when writing The Year of Shadows (your choice!)
- Phoebe in Wonderland
- Where the Wild Things Are (soundtrack by Karen O)
- Where the Wild Things Are (score by Carter Burwell)
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- The Year of the Dog
- Lars and the Real Girl
- and . . . an ARC!
Seven prizes, seven winners . . . and one winner gets an ARC!
You can comment on each day’s post—today, tomorrow, and Thursday—for a chance to win, but each entrant is only eligible to win one prize each. This contest is U.S./Canada only, begins TODAY, and ends next Thursday, February 7th. Winners will be announced later that day (and winners of the film scores will get to choose which score they want from a list!).