“Trucks Go” to come out soon!

I thought I would share some pics of  when I was creating the illustrations for “Trucks Go”. This artwork was inspired by kids drawings and the simple way they capture the feeling of these big massive hunks of metal. I decided to limit myself in the supplies I used in order to get the directness in my art that every child naturally has. I used a limited palette of only four colors. The colors are Cadmium yellow deep hue, Hooker’s green light hue, Cadmium red medium hue and Lamp black. I used Grumbacher Academy watercolor. I only used one brush, a Langnickel 7150 Royal Knight size 8 brush. I also used a wood dip pen I carved with a razor (to draw the black smoke and tires!) This has been the most fun I have had creating this art. It was great to work with Quirk Packaging and Chronicle books. You can visit Quirk and Chronicle by clicking the links in the blogroll to the right.

5 Responses to ““Trucks Go” to come out soon!”

  1. Ugo the Koloist Says:

    Steve, These pic’s are great — love hearing the artistic back story. Cool how your young students inspire you.

    Seems everyone I know is having a baby soon. (Did we have a black-out or something 9 months ago?) I’ve ordered several copies of your new book from Amazon as baby gifts — “Trucks Go” all around, for the new baby lads AND the lasses!

    Congrats on your newest publication. Amazon offers a sneak peak of a couple of the “Trucks Go” illustrations, and no surprise, they are positively delightful. Can’t wait to see the whole book. Bravo

  2. Jacque Says:

    Very cool!

  3. rtlvr Says:

    Hi Steve,
    I am awaiting from Amazon my copy of Trucks Go. You’ve come a long way from the pop up book on buying a cat, or was it a hat? Anyway, drop by and see my blog, it’s not much, but I’m trying to get my Open Studio kids to get in the habit of reacting to art on a blog.

  4. Mama Skybak Says:

    Hi Steve,

    My son Owen received Trucks Go last week for his first birthday. For a 12 month old it is uncanny how much this kid loves all things wheeled. Trucks, cars, scooters, vacuums… you name it, if it has wheels he loves it. My husband and I were both a bit skeptical when he opened your book, thinking it might be a bit too abstract for him. WRONG we were. It is one of his favorite books these days. He lights up when we read it and will “read” it independently for quite awhile. We are even thinking how much we would love to decorate his room with the illustrations! Thank you. Your work is fantastic and we will be looking for more to come.

    • stevelightart Says:

      So glad your son is enjoying the book. I love hearing how children respond to my work. As a teacher of Pre-K I find kids respond very well to the abstract and graphic even though most adults think they would respond better to realism, it is not always the case. If you decorate his room send some pictures to steve@stevelightart.com and I will post them on the blog. All the best!

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