Charles Vess at work on Neil Gaiman’s Instructions

Sometime you just have to love opening email. This morning I got a note from Charles Vess showing off a few new paintings for his next children’s book, Neil Gaiman’s Instructions. He’s also posted some sketches and final paintings on his blog, Like their previous collaboration, Blueberry Girl, Instructions is based on one of a Neil’s poems—this one about how to survive a fairytale—which isn’t surprisingly different from how to survive life.

Charles gave me a sneak peak at the project about a month ago and I’ve been excited to see it develop. I know he’s working like a bandit to get it done on a rush deadline but you’d never know it from the quality of the artwork. These are simply amazing.


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