Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tick Tock Taylor from Hazel Mitchell

In your bookstores soon will be the first chapter book in a series of four featuring mini cheerleaders!
Written by Anastasia Suen and published by Kane and Miller each book in the All-Star Cheerleaders series will follow one member of the Glitter squad as they practice, compete, make new friends, learn new moves and most of all ... have fun! 

I know I had a lot of fun creating Tick Tock!

Being from England originally I don't have a lot of experience with cheerleading, so it was interesting to research and find out more. I can totally see why girls are in to it. I also had to learn about the moves and the holds for the black and white images in the book.

 I started out with some rough character sketches ...

Then I inked by hand with a dipping ink pen because it gives a lively line. You have to be quick though or you get blots.
 I added the grayscale shading in photoshop.

Here are a few more of the interior illustrations:

So if you have a young cheerleader or wannabe in your life watch out for Tick Tock Taylor coming soon! Looking forward to illustrating the next book n the series!

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  1. Love the drawings, Hazel! I can't wait to see the finished book!

  2. Thanks Anastasia ... I can't wait either! - Hazel

  3. Great drawings, Hazel! Looks like a fun story, too. :-D

  4. Great post Hazel! Gimme an "H", gimme an "A".....well you get it...

  5. Sheri, Debbie ... thanks :-) Yes Anastasia really draws you into the world of mini cheerleaders! - Hazel

  6. Love the sketches and how you show your process. I think each Pixel Shaver should get an autograph copy.

  7. Sure! If everyone would like one :-)