Joy Chu: Your replies are so fascinating and fun. It’s great we are having this exchange. I also enjoyed your depiction of Greek monsters (silk-screened gold ink outlines, then colorized) in THE ONE-EYED GIANT and THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T OBEY. Who did you work with on those two books? And another one of your books was drawn by you, and colorized by another artist. Did that happen at the time you started having problems with your hand?
Anne Rockwell: On BOY WHO WOULDN’T OBEY and THE ONE-EYED GIANT, I worked with Libby Shub (now deceased) and Ava Weiss (art director, retired) at Greenwillow. I’d had one of many hand surgeries so Lizzy (daughter Lizzy Rockwell) colored in ONE-EYED GIANT under my supervision. BOY WHO is bamboo pen, sepia ink, and watercolor on cream Japanese rice paper. I’m particularly fond of the way that book looks.
Are you referring to WHOO! WHOO! GOES THE TRAIN — by me and colorized by Vanessa van der Baan? That was due to hand problems. She’s a good friend. We’re doing another book together for editor Phoebe Yeh called VROOM! VROOM! GO THE POLICE and this one Vanessa is illustrating all by herself — a first. But she’s been an animator at Cartoon Network ever since she finished college at NYU film school.