Is the septic issue completely resolved at our rental? No. Are we caught up on the millions of other things we have going on? No. Have new things entered into our days now that the weather is warmer? Absolutely. BUT, that doesn't mean I've shelved my book illustration project. In the minutes here and there, especially on rainy days, I've been moving forward line by line. The result is that I now have all of my master line drawings complete and am ready to share the next step in my process for illustrating a children's book. Are you ready to see how incredibly less than straight my lines were in my idea book (and how I fixed them)? How about my solution for a light table when transferring drawings to your art paper? If so, click the link and we'll all take one step closer to the finished book!
Sorry folks, the picture book is going to have to go on the back burner for a while.
Some tips and tricks to having a great working relationship with your idea book while planning your illustrations. Oh, and a little pep talk, too.
Remember how I said that life can get in the way of your project? It's all about balance. Sure you might slow down a little on your book progress but remember there is letting it devour your whole day, week, month...year. Can lead to some unfortunate catching up to do in other areas. Want an example? Check out this video and see part of the aftermath of my focusing solely on another project last summer.
Pardon the pause on the video series project. I have something that I need to tie up some loose ends on this week. Then we'll get into the good stuff - creating art! Until then, brainstorm away with your scrap paper or take a minute to catch up on something else you've been working on!
Creating a scrap paper brainstorming book to gather your illustration ideas is something I find very useful whether you intend to do hand drawn artwork (like me) or digitally created art. Scrap paper makes it a lot easier to throw out an idea that isn't working and replace it with a fresh sheet for a fresh perspective.
Everybody has their process. Here's the first step in how I plan my book setup.
My bravery continues with this video about knowing why you are going to spend your time creating a picture book before you even start. It may wind around a little, but hopefully it will help someone out there as they ponder the idea.
I'm here to tell you, folks, there is so much more to this whole write a story and draw some pictures to go with it thing if you are planning to create for more than just yourself or a few close friends or family members. Life would be so much better if writers or artists could just snuggle up in their comfy spot and create to their hearts content. But if you are planning to introduce your creations to the world in the hopes that they will find love out there, you also have to market.
Just for the record, in my experience marketing requires a certain amount of extroverted self-confidence that does not come naturally to some of us. I can fake being outgoing to a believable degree but at heart I am an introvert. Promoting myself makes me uncomfortable. Trying to convince strangers to buy my work makes me uncomfortable. Cameras make me uncomfortable. My recorded voice makes me uncomfortable. You get the picture.
So, what am I doing right now? Well, I'm working on a video series that will hopefully guide anyone interested through my personal process for creating a 32 page picture book. Yep, you read that right. I am stepping WAY outside my comfort zone in the hope that it not only helps me reach a larger audience but that it helps that audience explore their own creativity along with me.
Am I nervous? Yes. Do I think I look like a total weirdo on the video? Sure. Does my slight lisp still bother me after going on 5 decades of talking with it? Absolutely. So why am I doing this? Because a personal only really grows when they face their challenges. Here is my introductory growth spurt.
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!