book cover 2

Somehow this works.Go back to the cream background? Yellow? Not sure here. All I know is the words of a post on how to illustrate for children has me thinking. If I like it, they’ll love it. Fun vibrant colors. Oh I’m thinking of French Papers color pop collection.

Wise Trees book cover

Here I go again doubting myself.

I’ve looked at The Giving Tree

I see the essence of a true giving heart.

I just want to follow the caterpillar to the first page? The title is a question inviting us on a journey.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

These books are close to Wise Trees, Ana and George, Ellie and of course Live Your Story.

For some reason my heart tree is growing on me.

Ok maybe I should keep this book cover. I’ll make some adjustments.

Let’s see:

  • change the title
  • play around with the sizing of the tree
  • Go with a tan brown background…yes I need the blues to stand out.

Wise Trees

I painted many trees for this book. I’m proud of every single tree. Not so sure about the book cover. Last night I was deep into research, trying to put all of the publishing pieces together.

Here’s what I realized:

  • I didn’t paint the actual book cover I wanted.
  • I didn’t want to add my name to the book cover.
  • I didn’t share the art behind my designs.
  • I need to take care of all this before I move forward with Live Your Story.

I think it’s time I did all of these. There’s so much I want to learn. I’m in this for the long run.

Ok time to paint…

It didn’t work

Sometimes it happens and that’s ok. In all fairness I tried to paint jewels and gems like Ana Victoria Calderon. She’s awesome and so much so that I wouldn’t be able to tell hers from a real diamond.

Oh but I did some research and found some colorful fun gems.

…and here we are

These are right on with the theme of the book. I’m glad.

Heart shaped stickers

Here I am working on a book and finishing my last illustration. Then I get this amazing idea to paint hearts.

I do love hearts. I do love the idea that one project leads to another. Live your story is a fun book for kids to look at…the grown up ones too.

Painting objects with embedded hearts led me to another book idea. I want all of my books to give the reader a sense of , “I can do that.”