Ming Doyle to Illustrate Tantalize: Kieren’s Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith

I’m thrilled to announce that Ming Doyle is in the process of illustrating the interior art for my upcoming graphic novel, Tantalize: Kieren’s Story (Candlewick, Feb. 2011).

The graphic novel is set during the same time as the Tantalize prose novel (Candlewick, 2007, 2008), is told from the character Kieren Morales’s point of view, and includes several new scenes.

My editor was kind enough to share with me Ming’s early sketches, and wow! What a treat to see Quincie, Kieren, Brad, and Sanguini’s: A Very Rare Restaurant brought to life. Ming absolutely “gets” the world and its players while bringing her own fresh energy and perspective.

According to her bio, Ming is originally from Boston, the daughter of an Irish American sailor and a Chinese Canadian librarian. She’s a 2007 graduate of Cornell with a dual concentration in painting and drawing. She says, “I am currently working on art all night and every day. I would probably love an espresso.”

Visit Ming’s site and she was like, (her LJ).

Check out this terrific artlapse video showing Ming in action.