Freehand Friday: Cover Art

July 12, 2019 § 2 Comments

The cover for a children’s book is often the last piece of art to illustrate, but the first one shown around by the marketing folks, to sell the book before it’s actually released in stores. I sketch three or four ideas to expand on one with more sketches. These are only 3×4 inches.GardenCover-pierrmorganI showed these to lots of kids for their favorite. Hands down was the first one, the kid in the wheel barrow. To them it promised a book full of fun. The girl with the rake was my favorite element, so I used her to round out the composition.  I like to draw on tracing paper to trace my own drawings and cut and tape them like puppets or paper dolls, figuring out where I want arms and legs to bend, or using the best head from another drawing. I’m really making puzzle pieces.GardenCover5-pierrmorganI move them around until they fit together nicely within the set cover dimensions…GardenCover2-pierrmorgan…adding more elements with suggestions from the art director and managing editor at the publishing house. I was so focused on the kids, thinking they should be the most prominent part of the cover, that I’d forgotten all about their garden – which they grow themselves in the book.GardenCover3-pierrmorganEventually I switched my brain on to a “LUSH” garden. Then took time to decide which plants to feature. The titling text was only a place holder I made for the real thing, which was being designed in-house. I had no idea of the title’s size or style being planned. GardenCover6-pierrmorganAnd they didn’t know for sure until my final art came in. Yay RED!GardenCover8-pierrmorgan

Check it out! The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City, by Carole Lexa Schaefer , published Spring 2017 by Little Bigfoot, the children’s division of Sasquatch Books in Seattle. Ask for it at your public library or favorite Indie bookstore. You can see covers of the 22 other books I’ve illustrated on my website by clicking “Gallery” : Thanks so much for reading! and clicking! on the teensy bold italics ~ Have a lush week ~ xo PierrGardenCover7-pierrmorgan



Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

March 8, 2018 § 15 Comments

Give us scissors, recycled magazines, glue, paper, pencils, and we will tell you our stories.WPC-story1WPC-story2WPC-Story3WPC-Story4WPC-Story5WPC-Story6WPC-Story7WPC-Story8

Celebrate Young Authors around the world of STORY

xo Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

January 11, 2018 § 18 Comments

WPC-weathered1In the Children’s Garden at Seattle Tilth’s Good Shepherd Center… my inspiration for the cover of The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City, a picture book written by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by yours truly… published by Little Bigfoot of Sasquatch Books, Seattle 2017.

And a fallen beauty along Admiralty Inlet on a Whidbey Island beach.WPC-weathered2WEATHERED

Last Weekly Photo Challenge of 2017: Favorites

December 21, 2017 § 4 Comments

I’m going for your top 5 faves of the year, starting with #5 “Order” taking 46 likes on January 7;


#4 is “Cheeky” on December 7, winning 48 likes;D-lizard1#3 is “Repurpose” bundling 50 likes, January 28;wpc-repurpose-pierrmorgan1

Fave #2 is “Security” piling up 53 likes on April 6;WPC-security-pierrmorganand your #1 Favorite post in 2017 was “Graceful” on January 20, buoyed up by 64 likes…wpc-gradeful-pierrmorgan2017

Thank you all for reading and following along. You made my year! XO Pierr (hey – that rhymes!) Oh – and Happy Winter Solstice to friends up North here, and Happy Mid-Summer to those Down Under. Here’s to the Light – and more world FAVORITES

Join Me -Virtually!

September 16, 2017 § 7 Comments


I signed up for another writing class in the city but it was cancelled. Bummer. But not. This time around it would have been a big distraction. I’m ready to write it. Got all I need. All the writing books tell you to find your own method – daily word count, time slots. I’ve tried them all with varying results. Ultimately it comes down to the D-word. Dedication. Dedication to the one you love…

Wings on your fingers! xo Pierr

Join Me – Virtually!

July 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

Four hours of wondrously free writing time away! Click HERE to see how these WriteAways began, and for some inspirational writing prompts if you like. Let me know in the comments if you’re joining me and I’ll cheer you on. For 4 minutes or the full 4 hours – your words make a difference – creating peace on our lovely planet Earth. XO, Pierr


Photo: Admiralty Inlet from Whidbey Island, WA, looking west to the Olympic mountains (my archives – neighbors’ cliffside, 2009).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend ~ Muse

June 2, 2017 § 4 Comments


The last couple years I lived on Whidbey Island a feral cat found my backyard a nice hunting ground. He (or she) sometimes sat for hours staring in my direction, oddly, I noticed, on days when I’d neglected my writing. Ever since I’ve considered any cat that crosses my path – especially a black one – my muse.

Saturday, JUNE 3, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm we’re writing again. Join me and my good FRIEND.


xo Pierr

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