wise trees book

Picture Book Process

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

another map  to create a book dummy

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

In between the painting I tweak the story.

Next I scan the art, enhance color and remove the backgrounds. Finally I create a digital layout of the book and paste everything in. 

Last I choose the font, layout, cover and color. 

Next is the wait. I take a break, then come back with a fresh pair of eyes, grammar and theme. Is the language right for the audience. I 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. 

-there are no impossibilities

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

I’ve been wondering about the next move and it seems like I have reached the point of letting go. Last night I finished the who knows how many times I’ve edited my book. I feel good. The words of Oprah echo in my mind…let go and become part of the flow. This week I repainted trees that needed a little more color or a few more leaves. I am careful not to get caught up in the perfection phase. I am letting go and in the mean time I will work on drawing. I will focus on drawing characters in preparation for other projects. Yes I know my book is awesome but I need to put it away for a month or two and then review it with a fresh pair of eyes. This will give me time to read and read and draw. Wait I wonder if artists who are working on albums do this?

 

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

watercolor and tempera

StoryBoard and New Art

Untitled-1

This is a storyboard for the picture book I am writing. If you know of any contests or online publishing sites please email me thanks.

New art

I love the way the bottom one looks-color and all. I am working on this hand lettering style.

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