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Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer...

…is a beautiful, subtle story that floats along at a gentle pace. Even in the familiar format of a Word document the warmth of the prose shone through. There was no way I was going to turn down this opportunity!

 
I began as I always do, in my sketchbook. Looking back now, I've counted 10 scruffy pages of foxy drawings. I think his body shape became clear fairly early on in the process but I remember being frustrated by the shape of his head. 

I began as I always do, in my sketchbook. Looking back now, I've counted 10 scruffy pages of foxy drawings. I think his body shape became clear fairly early on in the process but I remember being frustrated by the shape of his head. 

 
Our hero was either too doglike or too much like a wolf. 

Our hero was either too doglike or too much like a wolf. 

It all started making sense when I chanced upon the perfect profile. I gave him a nobel brow and refined muzzle! 

It all started making sense when I chanced upon the perfect profile. I gave him a nobel brow and refined muzzle! 

The perfect example of how muddled I am at the start of a project. This stage is usually accompanied by much wringing of hands and wailing.

The perfect example of how muddled I am at the start of a project. This stage is usually accompanied by much wringing of hands and wailing.

It's always worth the stress though...

It's always worth the stress though...

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A little glimpse at probably my favourite page in the book

A little glimpse at probably my favourite page in the book

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It was a true honour to work with such a gorgeous story. Enormous thanks to Andrea Miller at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and to Jeanette Larson for all her knowledge and advice. And thanks of course, to everyone at Bright, without whom this would not have even happened!

And finally thank you Marion, for sharing your wonderful tale with the world.