What was your experience like working on Leave Your Sleep with Natalie Merchant?
Our editor, Frances Foster, was in the standard editor role acting as traffic cop/coordinator on the project. Natalie, the art director Roberta Presseler and I worked very closely with Frances, and she relayed information between us. Natalie visited me in my studio as we were working on the project. Once the artwork was in, Natalie and I have been speaking together at events, and we just filmed a video in a public school in NYC together, working with elementary school children. Natalie, Frances, and I had a closely- overlapping vision of the book - it was an exhilarating project for all of us.
How long did it take you to illustrate Leave Your Sleep?
About a year and a half
|Natalie Merchant & Barbara McClintock working on Leave Your Sleep|
Where do you draw your inspiration from? Were there any specific illustrators who inspired you?
I love the work of JJ Grandville, Gustav Dore, Thomas Rowlandson, and Randolf Caldecott. They are my constant mentors and guides.
Which was your favorite poem to illustrate in Leave Your Sleep?
THE EQUESTRIANNE was a lot of fun to work on - I had a horse when I was young, and take riding lessons at a nearby stable. I copied anatomical drawings of horses by George Stubbs (a 19th century painter who specialized in horses ), drew from plastic horse models as well as drawing live horses, and watched many, many YouTube videos of bareback circus riders. Next lifetime, I'd like to come back as a circus rider!
If you could befriend a character from any book, who would you befriend? Why?
Ebenezer Bleezer, because I could get all the cool ice cream I wanted!
Where do you like to draw? Do you listen to music while you are working?
I have a studio in my home where I do all my drawing. I listen to music, or the radio, or audible books, or even movies and HBO series on Netflix while I work. It's like having office mates as I'm working!
Where can we purchase your books?
The UConn co-op bookstore, of course! Or, you can go to my website, barbaramcclintockbooks.com, go to the books link, and order from there.
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