the Art and Ramblings of Jacob Thompson
"What’s Up?" Part #1
A long time ago, in an art school far far away…
Okay, so this post is about a project I started back when I was senior at Maryland Institute College of Art. For my thesis, I decided to focus on the art of children’s picture books. I often credit books like Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series, The Stinky Cheeseman, Where’s Waldo, and the Black Lagoon series for inspiring me to pursue illustration in the first place. I love illustrations that incorporate a lot of humor and fun details for the reader to discover. By the time of graduation, I ended up with halves of two picture different books, one of which was titled What’s Up? .
Fast forward to summer of 2013, I decided to revisit What’s Up? and complete what I had started. And so I spent the next few months working on the new illustrations and updating the old artwork for consistency. I finally finished the artwork by Fall and had the the book self published through IngramSpark (basically a more author friendly version of Lightning Source).
After selling the first few copies at MICA Art Market and locally, I’m happy to announce that the title is finally available for purchase on Amazon! So if you like what you see below, you can purchase a copy HERE.
When Charlie asks Trina, “what’s up?”
She takes it quite literally.
She leads him on a wild chase describing everything she sees above her!
Will Charlie get her to understand? (Or will things go completely out of hand)
Ascend through 26 colorful pages with Trina and Charlie
And see “what’s up” for yourself.
Not only is What’s Up? extremely fun to read out loud, it is also an activity book! Children of all ages will have blast searching through the detailed illustrations to find everything described in the poem. As a bonus challenge, they can help Mr. Pigeon find all of his friends on the last page. Good luck finding them all!
Get your copy of What’s Up? on Amazon now!