Monday, January 26, 2009

A new picture book

Well I've lost a few weeks to a bad case of flu, but even through the fog of flu remedies I've managed to get a bit done on my new picture book. I've got a first draft written, and some illustrations done. I'm doing the text and pictures together with this one, as I did with my first picture book 'The Monster Under The Bed' as the two need to evolve together.

When working on pictures I find that I do a lot of sketches before I finally 'meet' my character face to face, then I have to practice drawing the same character with different expressions. Often new dialogue with come once the characters have a face and their characters start to take shape.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Happy New Year

Well here we are at the beginning of a new year, and back to getting up in the dark!

As usual I have more ideas in my head than I have time to commit to paper or computer. I have the next in the Doodle series to edit/rewrite, do illustrations for and publish, but that's on a back burner for now at least as I have a picture book whizzing round in my head and if I don't get it written soon it's not going to let me get any sleep!

Also I need to do some work on my website, and work out some marketing and publicity to get some book sales moving along in the coming months. This is the down side of doing everything myself! The last time I had a concerted effort on doing my website, spreadsheets, and all the other things that I class as admin and the theory part of writing, I found that stripping wallpaper was the perfect antidote to follow a morning of thinking too hard! There's nothing like being destructive to get over stress caused by computers!