Sheeeee's Baaaaaack! Yes, the wonderful, the indomitable Meghan Hogan. Above is her beautiful illustration of the spoken word event in Food SLAM. Meghan also illustrated Claire's first spoken word event in Claire Speaks Out. I like having Meghan revisit the same character in two separate stories. I have also done this with Matt Wells and the character of Ned and with Mary Esch illustrating stories dealing with Bartholomew and Geraldine's relationship. I like to give artists a chance to revisit a character and deepen the experience of that character for the reader.
I enjoy the rich colors of this piece. I like the simple feeling of the piece, although there are three characters, a crowd and shifting perspective. The large areas of rich color (and the colors themselves) are calming and make me want to be quiet and listen to what these people are saying. I ended up using the colors as background colors to the text in the layout of the story. The feeling is quite different from the horrible experience of Claire's last spoken word event, captured beautifully in Meghan's illustration below:
Food SLAM! is published tomorrow.