Showing posts with label children's books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children's books. Show all posts

Friday, March 01, 2013

Adding More Characters

I've been having fun with this design. Three little pigs wanted in on the fun and a fairy godmother flew into the scene.
Click on the image to see a larger view.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Turning Pages with Book Creator

Here we are almost at the middle of January. This month marks the anniversary of this blog which I started in 2005 on January 23. When I began I had no idea where it was going and I am still wondering. What I do know is that blogging has helped me. I can't explain it exactly. But I know it's been a good use of my time to post all kinds of things that I find interesting and although I am certain a lot of it is not of interest to others, I think blogging helps me to stay grounded and learning. Maybe that's not a bad thing. And I would love it if anyone out there finds inspiration here.

Last month I bought a little program just because it allows one to create a personal project in an e-book format with turning pages. Here are some photos of me and my first test run.
I brought in a few of my Christmas characters in jpeg format saved in my pictures file on the iPad, added some text on the fly and voila, a little book project. This is a neat app for kids of all ages for school projects, for poems, for photo journals etc.
I think it looks rather cool.
One adds text to each page using the iPad keyboard that pops up on screen.
I don't think one can import text though I may be wrong.
Once you have created a little book you can place it on your bookshelf on your iPad. i believe you can also post your book to iTunes.
The APP is called Book Creator by Red Jumper Studio.
If you go to their website you can see more information and a demo video. It is as easy as it looks. So if you have an iPad and if you have some jpeg files there is nothing to stop you from making a very professional looking virtual book with turning pages.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I Mailed it Away!

Overcoming my intense fear of mailing away, I made myself feel all the fear and I put that manuscript with my illustrations in the post box. Whew! I had no idea how much emotion I had over this project. I get stuck when I am almost done. For five years since I retired  I have been holding back.
Everything seemed to get in the way.

The Interact Books Contest got me started and led to a picture book with seventeen illustrations completed instead.  But  I can not exactly express my thoughts about how hard it was for me to mail this away.
It was finished and ready three weeks ago. But then I decided to do the whole thing over in order to change the characters from piggies to children.  The entire project changed in front of me on the screen and I realized it would take me to January to finish a new version properly. So I argued with myself thinking that maybe the story actually stinks and no one would want it anyway. And I have other projects I want to do waiting in a box.
But two days ago after setting myself the new goal of the end of October I decided to go back to the completed work I have spent so much time on. I packed it up with a few samples of my new character ideas. I spent a day composing a letter to the publisher. Then I packed it all up with a return stamped self addressed envelope and I headed out the door with it under my arm. While walking to the post office I had second thoughts and almost turned around because of something I wanted to add. But "No" I said to myself.  All the words are there with the illustrations and it either works or it does not work. The worst that can happen is they will hate it and mail it all back. But I can handle that.
Now I am free to move on to other projects. I toasted myself last night with a glass of wine for putting the darned thing in the mail.
I took a picture of the envelope ready to go with some samples of what I placed inside the envelope when it was ready to mail. And on the screen I took a shot of the beginnings of my new character designs to replace the piggies. See below.
So now I will work on other things. And even though I never made that APP on time, this  picture book idea came out of the effort. I decided a book is a better format for this project. I learned a lot about what can be done with Corel Painter and a Bamboo Fun  low end price-wise Wacom Tablet. This was a good project for me to try.
Now I think I might try to create an APP with Interact Books regardless of the contest. But that's a whole other story. And it is waiting for me in my box of papers. I can't wait to see who wins the Interact best APP contest. It won't be me. But I wish them all luck! And I will wait to see what comes back in the mail. I will let you know one way or the other dear blog and any friends who happen by.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Setting a New Goal This Week

Hello out there. Is anybody there? I have been working on a book and got lost in it revising and changing and editing and I've been wondering when I will finish it. What first began as an idea for an APP turned into so many illustrations I realized I had enough for a book. So...I finished it as a book. But then I started having second thoughts about the character design.
And then my computer had major problems and I ended up with a new computer which is absolutely lovely so far. Fortunately I saved and backed up files all along the way. So nothing was lost. I must have created over six gigabytes of files working on this.
Then once I had the new computer up and running I changed all the characters from piggies into kids. And I like the kids much better. This led me into doing some research about costume and current fashion.
Now it is October and each day I get closer to an ending of this project.
I have set a goal for finishing by October 31.

On and on and on it goes. I need a support team.

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.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

A Picture Book Related Discovery

I came across a new website called A Story Before Bed where grandparents or aunts or uncles can read picture books to children and record this and then the child can have access to the book online with the recorded bit appearing in the corner.
I may sound crazy but it seems to me that this is going to be a useful way for small children and reluctant readers to get interested in reading and books as well as online books. It is worth checking out. One can view sample pages of some beautifully illustrated picture books.
Orca, a Canadian publisher is offering some of their beautiful picture books at this website and I am sure many more books will follow.

I thought I'd mention it here in case anyone out there is looking in and maybe interested.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Serendipity Happened

The guests arrived.
They were met at the airport one by one by members of Roundtable.
A drive up the coast to see eagles. A usual part of entertaining guests.
Ron's favourite thing to do.
On Thursday evening there was a lovely dinner party for guest speakers and the steering committee.

I am posting the buffet feast prepared by Avis the poet and wonderful hostess. And the round table setting was the way all tables were set up for the 200 guests who were part of the Saturday evening Gala diner.
Avis served Cold salmon, lasagna, and other tasty treats.
Desserts baked and prepared by Avis. She is the best baker . And I mean the very best!
Her wonderful husband Frank graciously served wine.
People gathered in the garden.
The flowers are all in bloom. The garden is a delight. Another gift of Avis.
On Friday Serendipity began.
Around the buildings involved, The university grounds were decorated in bright colourful paper decorations designed by Kathie and prepared by her team of volunteers.
Every speaker was inspiring. Wonderful. Brilliant. Amazing. How can I explain?
The best of the best.
Pat Lewis, Naomi Shabib Nye, Bill Slavin, Anthea Bell, Stephen Beisty, Elizabeth Bicknell, Cornelia Funke, Janet Stevens, Ian Wallace and Sarah Ellis.
And in between some of BC's best authors for children spoke about their books.
The event ran through Friday into the evening and again on Saturday into the late evening.
Margaritas on Saturday night followed by a gala dinner celebrating Ron's retirement.
An actor dressed as Queen Elizabeth knighted Ron in a mock ceremony.
Many speakers and many toasts and tributes to Ron, the Canadian champion of world wide Children's Literature.
Over 200 at the dinner.
By midnight on Saturday it was all over.
Guests flew out on Sunday.
I am finally coming down from a very busy weekend.
I was asked to take lots of photos and I did.
I made a 20 minute DVD of the event. I worked on it on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I think I am finally done with it now.
My eyes are fried.
I am looking forward to being back to normal.