Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug

“In Which A Shark and an Octopus Invade Everyone's Personal Space.”

Picture of the book Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug. Concept designs for a shark and an octopus. Character designs for a shark and octopus, as well as a fat guy eating a hot dog on a beach. Flat, graphic, concept drawing of a shark scaring beachgoers away with his terrible cooking. Concept art from the book Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug. Concept designs and style notes for the characters and buildings in a beachtown. Concept designs and style notes for the characters and buildings in a beachtown. Rough spreads for the book Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug. Concept designs and correspondence for the book Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug. A shark and an Octopus playing baseball, and operating a kissing booth. A crowd of beachgoers running away from a shark and an octopus. A shark and an octopus watching children eat ice cream.

About This Project

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Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug by Lynn Rowe Reed is story of two sea creatures who will do anything for a little affection. Like that Kraken in Clash of the Titans. You know, his dates would have been a lot more successful if he took them to, instead of eating them for, dinner.

Early on in the concept phase, I explored a drastically different style than the look the final art took on. Every now and then I think it'd be fun to go back and realize some of those rough spreads in color.

If you've got a little one you'd like to give a hug and kiss, get a copy of Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug for yourself! Or, if you're more from the “firm handshake and lecture about responsibility” school of parenting, visit your local library for some of Herbert Hoover's early fiction.

About Kevin

Kevin Cornell spends his days in Philadelphia, drawing made-up things. You know… like a “dog driving a bus”, or a “talking can of beets”. If you ever see a talking can of beets, tell Kevin. He's been trying to figure that one out for years.

He has illustrated several books, websites, and comics, and has been doing it for quite a long time now. There's a ton more of his drawings on his old site. And even more on his old old site.

If you have a book you want Kevin to illustrate, please get in touch with his agent, the distinguished Steve Malk. If you wish to contact Kevin because he's behind on his payments and you need to know where to send the next toe… hmmm… send that to his agent, too.