This week these two illustrations, “Bad to the Biscuit” and “Night Meeting” are from a book Nancy Flouke is working on. They are painted in acrylic but she works in watercolor as well… actually she will put anything on the paper if it fits with the spirit of the story.
Ronnie started the Herman Agency in 1999 and represents many of the leading illustrators and author/illustrators in today’s children’s book market. As a former Art Director at Random House and Art Director, Associate Publisher and V.P. at Penguin Books’ Grosset & Dunlap, Ronnie art directed thousands of children’s books during her more than 20 years in working for major publishing hosues. Ronnie is also the author of 12 children’s books and one of her books has been on the NY Times best-seller list. Ronnie and the Agency are affiliated with the following organizations: SCBWI, Authors’ Guild, Graphic Artists’ Guild, U.S. Association of Accredited Business.
Here is Ronnie Herman owner of the Herman Agency in NYC:
Very cool dudes, these motorcycling dogs and one cat–glad to see a cat in the dog gang! Integration is always good!
The art is very bold and strong. The white outlines on the black jackets and the on the cat is a great way to make the characters stand out against the dark blue sky. Each character is very distinct and I love the details. Two dogs with a dog biscuit and Tootsie Roll Pop in their pockets, all the character eating or holding a Tootsie Roll Pop–I do wonder why two of the characters have the stick in their mouths instead of the candy. I’d love to hear from you, Nancy, about this. I know you have a good reason. I also really like their studded jackets and shades, even though this is a nighttime image. And look at the rings on the Born to Bark dog in the center of the piece. All cool characters with attitudes.
In the with only 2 characters, the cropped close up of the bull dog (at least I think that is the breed) is terrific and you have the other dude positioned perfectly on his bike as he bounces along (good use of the shadow here, Nancy!) on the desert sand.
I would like to read this story, Nancy, about these Tootsie Roll loving characters who are riding their motorcycles in the desert one clear night. I definitely want to know more about this cool Tootsie Roll Pop gang. Thanks for sharing your great art with us.
Nancy is happiest in her studio, surrounded by her treasured toy collection, yes she does play
with them, and her many wonderful books. Nancy says, “I’m a Low Techie so it’s tracing paper, light box, pencils and paint for me.” She lives at the beach in Ferndale, WA with my husband Hugh and our one-eyed black cat, Riley. You can see more of her work at: napfoulke.blogspot.com
Thank you Ronnie for taking the time to share your expertise with us. It helps so many illustrators and is very much appreciated. Here is the Heman Agency website link: http://www.hermanagencyinc.com
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