Book Signing at the Red Canoe - Illustrator, Susan Detwiler

© Susan Detwiler and Sylvan Dell

When: Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at 3pm

I had the pleasure of meeting fellow illustrator Susan Detwiler a few years ago at a writing and illustration conference. I fell in love with her pencil sketches of the city mouse and country mouse, an unpublished series, and I am so happy to see that she recently had a book published with author Scotti Cohn, One Wolf Howls

(Sylvan Dell). One Wolf Howls is a picture book written in verse by Scotti Cohn. It counts from one to ten, as it follows wolf activities through the year.

Susan took the time to share some of her sketches and describe her process.

"My Illustration process starts with reading the manuscript and getting an image in my mind from the words and the feeling they evoke. Next, I collect references, such as photos from books, magazines, and the web to use as I sketch. My first sketch is very small and rough (top), and is called a thumbnail sketch because of the size. I put all the thumbnail sketches on one page so that I can see the whole book at once, and imagine how they will work together. After that I make a more polished sketch in pencil (middle). I scan it and print it and add color. The color rough is sent to the editor for approval. The final illustration (bottom) is done in watercolor on Strathmore cold press illustration board at full size or larger.

Susan will be at the Red Canoe Bookstore on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 3pm to sign books, so stop by!


Red Canoe Bookstore Café

4337 Harford Road

Baltimore, MD 21214