A busy summer it’s been…

It’s hard to believe we’re already well into July; harder to believe I’ve been too busy to keep up with my blog over the last month!


I have been hard at work on some exciting new things, though. First, I’ve been designing a YA fiction cover for Sourcebooks—It’s still in the works, so I can’t really share much just yet—but the project gave me the chance to create some super cool stock-photo imagery and hand-lettering. I’ll be excited to share once it’s finalized and released!


I also have been working on cover illustrations for a middle grade series at Penguin. These books also won’t be released for some time, so I also can’t really share too many specifics— but basically they allowed for tons of fun imagery to play with: magic lamps, flying carpets….and a great project for me to develop a character in my style! These are 2 of the final illustrations:

Unfortunately, though the Art Director and Publisher were super happy with these illos, they didn’t make it past the sales and marketing team, who felt that this genre of book would be more competitive as a paperback series if treated with a photographic approach instead. So, my illustrations were killed, but I had a blast creating these pieces anyway and am super happy to be able to add them to my portfolio.


Also want to share a few of the preliminary sample pieces and sketches that I did as part of the process.

I had to actually pitch myself at the beginning of the project anonymously to my creative director and publisher-along with other alternate artists, which was an interesting experience! I created these tailor-made samples to add into the mix and win out the job:

And, I went through several round of sketches to first develop the character, and then nail down concepts for each of the 3 books. Here’s a few sketches from various stages of the process:

I really enjoyed creating pieces that target this middle-grade girl audience, so looking forward to doing more in this realm!

4 Responses to “A busy summer it’s been…”

  1. Kristina

    These are amazing, Jeanine! So sorry they were killed, but very glad you can share them, still. It’s great to see your process, as well. Your sketches look like final art! 🙂

  2. cathi mingus


    Love the “Sophie” samples! They really reflect your style as an artist.


  3. Frank

    Great job on these, Jeanine. The sample images you made are particularly nice. I hope they make it into your portfolio. It’s a shame when you work your tail off and it gets killed, but I guess that’s part of the biz.



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