Saturday, August 20, 2011

Still Working on the Picture Book

I thought I'd post  a photo of the illustrations I am working on so far. I know you can't see much of it but I think this is OK because it is copyright protected at the moment. My shoulders hurt and my neck aches from spending so many hours on my computer.  Next step is to lay down the text, record it in segments, make new files for the sound and effects and then figure out the software for Interactbooks. They have extended the deadline to October for their contest. My goal is to get this working and to take it to the finish line. If I can get that far I will be very happy.
The story is a collaboration between myself and my adult son Stephen. We wrote out the basic idea and then I did the rough sketches about twenty years ago. But for some reason we got busy with our lives and forgot about it. Two weeks ago, having been inspired by taking two webinars with InteractBooks,  I started to develop the drawings into full colour illustrations. Now the time has almost come to see if it might have a life out there as a book or an App for children from five to eight years old. What have we got to lose? As I talk to myself about the craziness of getting back into drawing pig characters I think perhaps it is better to do something with this story than to let it sit alone in a dark drawer. And besides, it is fun to do this.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Getting it together piece by piece

I apologize for not posting much this month so far. The reason is, I've been working on the illustrations for a little book that has been sitting in my portfolio for many years along with several other stories and ideas. I am hoping to meet a deadline with Interact Books and I am hoping I can figure out how use their software. The story is for kids from K to grade 3 or so. I can't say much more about it while it is in process. But I hope there are good vibes out there because this is a pretty lonely business when it gets down to the wire. Wish me luck please. No matter what happens, this has been an excellent exercise for my brain and it is fun to work on something that may bring delight to kids. I hope.
Meanwhile, to perk up the boring look of this post  I will post these sun bathing turtles captured at Van Dusen Gardens three weeks ago.