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…

Picture Book Process

Step 1 thinking map for Wise Trees 
2. Create lots of bigger sketches
3. test color 

4. another map  to create a book dummy

5. Oh I forgot the first step is toreally let go and write a story. My best stories happen when I let them.

7. In between the painting I tweak the story.At some point the story and images come alive and write themselves.

8. Scan the art, enhance color and remove the backgrounds. This is a tedious job but it must be done. BUT you can always scan in and get rid of the little painting mistakes.

9. Create a digital layout of the book and paste everything in.

10. Choose the font or hand lettering style for the book, Set up page layout.

11. Now take a deep breath and as everything is coming together think about the entire book together and write your dedication page or your hopes and dreams for readers.

12. Next is wait! Take a break. Come back with a fresh pair of eyes check for grammar, theme and appropriateness, and theme. Is the language right for the audience?

13. Analyze the characters and several rounds of editing. I get why other artists say that not every part of the process will be fun. This process is so emotional.

14. During the editing it’s always best to start a new project.

15. Once it’s all ready and in the I got this stage, prepare one last time for the publisher

-It’s a good life.

Just get it done.

I had a busy week. Got up at 5:30-6:00 am every single day with a plan. I painted, edited, scanned and set up the layout for Ellie. I never realized how much work goes into scanning all the artwork and preparing the files.

I went back and forth publishing and updating Wise Trees. I shared the book with art friends and it felt good to have them excited with  me.

And then the stupid book cover didn’t upload. It just wouldn’t load. Something went wrong with the file. There it is, I had it all done, worked out, finished and the cover wouldn’t upload.

Oh but I finally got it right.  I finished Wise Trees!  I have been working on these books for months, two summers and …..I  am reminded of some words from The Nose Knows podcast.

You get to a point where things get crazy, and you just got to get things done. You have a deadline to meet.  Your adrenaline is full speed. You have to trust your instincts because there’s no time for fear or doubt. 

Two days later I’m done DONE with Ellie.  And done with Ana and George. That’s it DONE. 

I’m  using my old sketches for the artwork.  These sketches are pretty good. 

Scan these sketches  in as images? Redraw some of the messy ones. A full color page and title page? Maybe I should outline each art piece with full color . I do like the sketches in The Giving Tree. But I want to add a little color. I have to meet this deadline.  I’ll have to think about that, but yeah, I think this will work. 

-There are no impossibilities

When you get a BIG IDEA…

GO FOR IT.  I know, I’ve always known when an idea is the right one. The problem is that resistance shows up and it has for a long time…too long. There came a point when I just couldn’t listen anymore. There comes a time in everyone’s life when you can’t accept another come back tomorrow.

Yeah that line was from a frantic mother looking for her stolen child. She has a big idea on where she is and who took her. Yet the world thinks she’s crazy. Does she do what I’ve been dong for far too long. I laugh, because she didn’t. SHE WAS RIGHT. 

Sure, this was a lifetime movie but it’s a true story, about a real family, a real mother who rose above the naysayers. 

So I went from I refuse to throw out another piece of paper to publishing my first ebook. I am  almost done with the second book. I caught myself analyzing detail after detail, There’s going to be no more of that. 

I mean yeah I want to produce the best I can but I can’t go over and OVER the details too long that I forget what I am doing or why. I feel like I keep writing the same ideas and words. Maybe I am ? Maybe I need to keep telling myself this and writing…WHICH IS PROOF I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE.  I must change. I am 

I want to share my ideas about love and curiosity.  I believe my books will do just that. People will be quick to say your book doesn’t matter.  A big publishing company didn’t publish it.  I  say I achieved my goal. It feels great and I have so many more projects to work on. That makes me feel free!

Ellie shows us that togetherness is the best magic. She teaches us what it means to be an artist. Wise Trees teaches the importance of listening to ideas as they ring. 

-There are no  impossibilities