The rain is pitter pattering, on the window of my studio. Today is a day for staying in and working on my new roughs for a picture book just commissioned by Walker Books. I love this part of the project I am going to sit down and roughly layout my ideas in thumbnail sketches. These very fast doodles become the bones of what the book looks like. the first sketches are so important. The story is finished but there is still a good bit of flexibility as the words and the pictures have to work together.