Wanted to show you some sketches I’ve been working on lately. These sketches are for a picture book called “You Get What You Get” “to be published by Picture Window Books of Minneapolis.

The story is funny, it’s about a character called Melvin, who (after much deliberation on my part) is a squirrel. He represents the classic little child who has a temper tantrum when he doesn’t get his own way. One day Melvin hears a terrible rule issued by his teacher: ‘You get what you get, and you don’t make a fuss!’ He tries to keep the rule secret at home, so he can go on having a tantrum whenever things don’t go his way. Of course he gets found out when his sister has a tantrum, and he accidentally lets slip!

I thought a squirrel would get across this highly strung, flippy and demanding character in a funny way. I love watching squirrels, we have many scampering around our studio. (Outside, of course!)

Here’s s a colour piece, some of the early character pencil sketches and the cover sketch.