And you also know that I semi-miraculously stumbled upon the perfect artist for this task, one Anna Rettberg.
Well, Anna outdid herself, and without further ado, here's the crew:
Close inspection will reveal to you that there are little flecks on the image. That's because, although the final rendering is digital, Anna began by drawing each figure with pencil. I love that she left in the flecks for authenticity! She scanned the drawings and then worked in Photoshop to outline, color and shade them.
Okay, now let's let the readers take a closer look at each of the characters in this little slide show below. Who's the hottest guy? (*cough* Jason *cough*) And who could possibly be more adorable than Aggie, huh? Don't you just dig Brandon's fabulous smile? And Glenda's terrific hair? Lucas's elfin good looks, Nita's curves, and the complete charm of Bernie?
Are they not, as I sometimes say, on beyond zebra? I can't get enough of looking at them. Okay, let's just take one more view, the way I'm going to do the 30" x 10" print that is going on the wall at Magic House:
Will I be sharing a photo of the art on the wall once I have it? Oh c'mon, Blog--what do you think?
All my thanks to Anna, and yes as I say this I am bowing down "I'm not worthy" style. She's the best.
UPDATE 4/19: Anna is now offering prints of the illustration in her online shop! If you'd like to order one, go here.