'Spiderwick Chronicles': First look at 10th anniversary covers -- EXCLUSIVE

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Credit: Simon & Schuster

EW: And then as far as the actual images, the content and the characters? And executing the artwork?

TD: With a design direction in mind, I began sketching the elements that were the essence of each story: The heroic Grace kids, the Spiderwick Estate, Thimbletack the house brownie and Mulgarath the villainous ogre. Because there were so many interlocking parts to each cover image, I realized it would be best to assemble the covers digitally. The problem was, I still wanted the jacket art to tie into the interior illustrations, which had all been done with old-fashioned dip pens. I solved this dilemma by combining a traditional pen (and ink-wash) drawing with digital coloring in Photoshop. The result is a hybrid of both styles, which I hope will speak to the fourth grade reader of today.

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