About the artwork
Sam and Jump and Thomas, graphite and watercolor
Sam and Thomas at the Beach, graphite and watercolor
All of the artwork included in this submission comes from my recent picture book SAM and JUMP. I think these four pieces in particular tell the two narratives in this book: the connection between Sam and his beloved stuffed bunny, Jump, and his profound sorrow at leaving him behind at the beach; and the sweet and significant friendship that develops between Sam and a boy named Thomas, whom he meets at the beach. This tender story deserved tender artwork, so I taught myself how to do essentially traditional watercolor painting with graphite on watercolor paper. It was a steep but gratifying learning curve.