When Everyone Has Gone Home

Posted in Black and White, Line Art with tags , , on August 21, 2016 by samzuppardi

More from the beach this week. Even when ostensibly relaxing, people are often surprisingly busy and industrious…

Left on the Beach

Sketches from the beach

Posted in Black and White, Line Art with tags , , , , on August 11, 2016 by samzuppardi

Here are a few sketches of people on the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay, where I’ve been staying. The weather across the week was changeable so the beach-goers ranged from sunbathers to determined British holidaymakers braving elements with ice-cream stubbornly in hand. The couple in deckchairs had even come equipped with umbrellas, which came out a couple of times. I really enjoyed sketching from life, trying to capture people before they moved on. There’s nothing like it for getting you to take notice of you surroundings.

Beach pics 1 Beach pics 5 Beach pics 4 Beach pics 2 Beach pics 3 Beach pics 6

Jack’s Favourite Thing

Posted in Books with tags , on July 24, 2016 by samzuppardi

Here’s another original page from Jack’s Worry, before it was scanned in and the final text added.  This is from the opening pages of Jack doing his favourite thing – playing the trumpet. I used messy, punchy paint splats in brassy colours to show the music – that’s how I would imagine trumpet music would look if you could see it.


More of Jack’s Worry

Posted in Books, Colour Pictures with tags , , , on July 3, 2016 by samzuppardi

Here’s an early colour sample from when I was designing the look of the characters for Jack’s Worry. In the end I did away with a mouth for the Worry and gave it more a look of anguished blankness.

But in any case, this is how it starts to look for Jack when it starts to get really worrying.

Jack's Worry

A whole lot of worries

Posted in Black and White, Books with tags , on June 12, 2016 by samzuppardi


This was an early, unused idea for the endpapers for Jack’s Worry. While I quite like it there was also a thought that the sight of so many worries might itself be worrying for some readers.

Jack’s Worry out in the UK

Posted in Books with tags on May 8, 2016 by samzuppardi

Jack’s Worry is now out in the UK!  Home sweet home.

Jack's Worry the book


Jack’s Worry is published today!

Posted in Books with tags , , on April 26, 2016 by samzuppardi

Jack’s Worry, my second picture book as author/illustrator, is out today!  (in the US at least. Those in the UK will have to wait until early May…)

Jack's Worry Cover 900

It’s somewhat of a landmark book for me as it’s the first one without the word ‘No’ in the title (see The Nowhere Box and Nobody’s Perfect).

Here’s what the reviews are saying:

“Zuppardi successfully describes a universal fear and provides a simple mind-set that even a preschooler can use to help overcome that fear.”
—School Library Journal

“Ideal antidote for anxious kids facing their own Worries.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Performing in a first musical concert can be a nerve-wracking experience, as Zuppardi has artfully visualized…The acrylic-and-pencil illustrations truly transmit the amorphous nature of worrying, using convincing facial and body language, followed by huge happy smiles portraying a joyful resolution.”

“Scribbly pencils and expressive bursts of paint readily capture the big, intense emotions Jack is feeling.”
—Publishers Weekly


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