Monday, August 25, 2008

New leveled reader series







This series of 6 leveled readers that I illustrated for Seedling Publications has just been released! The colors printed exactly how I expected thanks to my new monitor.

These are all copyrighted 2008 Seedling Publications. Do not post these images anywhere. Thanks.

16 comments:

Jacqui said...

How lovely they are. I like the penguins best.

Congratulations!

Christina Ann Rodriguez said...

Congratulations Kristi! Very exciting! I love your style and have added you to my favorite bloggers list on my blog!

Bobo's Slave said...

Wow! They all so well painted! Congrats!

Kate said...

Just beautiful Kristi! Look at all of your hard work. You have so much talent and I love how your work has even been evolving and becoming better and better. I know you work digitally, but is the background/sky/clouds in the Zebra illustration hand painted? I really am amazed at your talent. I just know next year is going to be a great year for your career. These books really showcase your ability to illustrate animals and people very well, and the colors are perfect.

Kristi Valiant said...

Thank you for all your comments.

Kate - I painted all of these books digitally in Photoshop using my swift wacom tablet, electronic pen, and playing around like crazy creating new Photoshop brushes that emulate traditional mediums. I like how the watercolor-like stormy sky eventually turned out.

donna said...

These turned out great Kristi! If it's okay, I'm going to add a link to your blog on mine.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Kristi, I'm so blown away by this its hard to find words... the expressions on the people and animals are outstanding! your color choices and compositions are perfect! thank you soooo much for sharing these

I'm going to study them more closely :)

Kristi Valiant said...

Wow, what wonderful compliments Donna and Anthony! Thank you so much!

Eric Barclay said...

Beautiful work!

HOLLi CONGER said...

Great job. I love how your work glows :)

Robert Squier said...

These are beautiful! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, otherwise I might not have found your site. I'll be back! BTW, what monitor are you using that improved your ability to color match?

Christina Forshay said...

i love your technique and texture...beautiful and vibrant! I especially like the elephants!

Kristi Valiant said...

Thanks Eric, Holli, Robert, and Christina,

Robert, the monitor I'm using is an Apple Cinema Display recommended to me by another digital illustrator, Elizabeth Dulemba. This is such a huge difference between this display and my old one. And I didn't realize how off my laptop screen was until I started using this one. I love it!

Gaia said...

Congrats!! Such a wonderful group of illustrations, I'm sure the books will be a big success. They do look like a traditional medium, they have a fantastic soft feel... wow! :)

Lisa M Griffin said...

Congratulations... they look wonderful! What a thrill. Thanks for sharing.

Josh (musarter) said...

Wow, that series looks really great. Congratulations on the series. It is good and encouraging to see some great artists, like yourself, getting published.