As I know I've mentioned before, the best way for me to get out of a writing/illustrating wheel spin is to look at books I love and get fired up about making stuff. Recently Alison over at Shelftalker (also the lovely bookbuyer at the Wellesley Booksmith), recently lent me Sweaterweather and Robot Dreams by comic/kids book extraordinaire Sara Varon. I LOVE them. I love seeing the graphic novel/comic format done with cute, funny, sarcastic little animals, and I love her bittersweet tone and sensibility. And well, I love chickens and cats. And bunnies and dogs and robots. What could be better?
Here is a sampling of her work for your inspiration.
This next one is from Robot Dreams.
indigo owl, the may forest and songbirds
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