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.

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.