Book Covers Redrawn in Five Minutes (Part 2)

July 11th, 2012 by

The picture person at Kidsmomo strikes again! A while back, I re-drew some book covers in less than 5 minutes each. I decided to take a stab at it again (stabbing occurring with a digital pen) — can you guess what book covers these are?

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REAL cover of Jeanne DuPrau’s City of Ember, designed by Chris Riely


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REAL cover illustration of Jennifer A. Nielsen’s The False Prince


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REAL cover of Wendy Mass’ Finally


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REAL cover illustration of Julie Andrews Edwards’ The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles


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REAL cover of Michael Morpurgo’s Shadow


Bonus: Watch the frantic drawing in super-speed!

So… were you able to guess? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Nancy

Reason why there’s a 5-minute limit: Nancy really wanted to finish the blog post and eat dinner.

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Book Covers Redrawn in Five Minutes

May 22nd, 2012 by

If you haven’t noticed, Kidsmomo is a two-person team: just me and Karen. As I mention in Karen’s biography, she’s the words person for Kidsmomo, which leaves me… the pictures.

So I decided to test my skills and re-draw some fabulous book covers… in less then 5 minutes each.

Can you guess what book covers these are?

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REAL cover illustration of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance, by John Jude Palencar

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REAL cover illustration of Wonderstruck, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

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REAL cover illustration of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, written and illustrated by E.L.Konigsburg

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REAL cover illustration of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth, illustrated by Jules Feiffer

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REAL cover illustration of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, illustrated by Garth Williams

Confession: I did use a computer program to draw… but I think we can all agree these are still nowhere near as beautiful as the originals! Like, 10,000 light years away from the originals.

So… were you able to guess? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Nancy

Nancy likes to redraw more than draw, so this post was super fun to do. Maybe it’ll be added to the Kidsmomo calendar regularly…

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Charlotte’s Web Original Art by Garth Williams

October 24th, 2010 by

Sometimes when I look at a book cover — especially a kids’ book cover — I think, “Wow, someone drew that. With their hand! With pencil and/or pen! No computers involved!” And sometimes, the cover illustration is so amazing, it never needs to be replaced — like in the case of Garth Williams‘ cover illustration of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Recently, the original cover illustration of Charlotte’s Web was sold at auction for $155,350… Whoa!

The classic cover shows Fern Arable, Wilbur the Pig, and others gazing up at Charlotte A. Cavatica as she drops down from the title of the book — cleverly spun to say, “Charlotte’s Web.” The book cover is so amazing, it was even replicated for the poster for the 2006 movie!

Garth Williams actually modeled his illustrations of Fern after his own daughter, Fiona — I wonder if she looked anything like Dakota Fanning, who played Fern in the 2006 movie?

Mr. Williams illustrated over a hundred children’s books, and if I just picture a few of my favorites in my mind, like Little House in the Big Woods, A Cricket in Times Square, or Bedtime for Frances, I realize, WOW — Garth Williams’ illustrations has been the basis of many of my childhood memories and imaginations! Are there any books illustrations that you especially  connect with?

— Nancy

Nancy also tried to replicate some interior illustrations from Charlotte’s Web several months ago, but the results don’t really do justice to the original. They’re more like an insult. Sorry.

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