I’m currently putting together a dummy for a new picture book I wrote. I have a manuscript that my agent is pretty happy with, but in order to revise it I really need to see it on pages and not just as a manuscript. This story also involves some particular art changes in the styles, I need to figure that out for it to work. So I have three dozen pages of scribbles and cross-outs and revisions…and random doodles from when I am thinking – it’s actually a huge mess to look at.
Next up, I scan them in and start putting into a layout on Photoshop pages, then import them into InDesign and see how I like it.
It’s a klutzy and seemingly complicated method to make a picture book I think. But Overall I like it. But it isn’t always ‘fun’. A most overused word in regards to making art of any kind. I mean…well, it is fun – but not FUN! It’s frustrating and forces me to rethink and rework concepts and ideas constantly. Ideas that seem so grand in my mind fall apart on the page. Things that I thought very original and funny are just too odd or I need more revisions for them to make sense. It’s not fun like, “I’m going to draw whatever I want!” fun.
I hope to have the rough done in a week or so, but right now I am going really slow on it. But with the beautiful weather here in Oregon right now, I can’t blame myself. The garden is calling and my dog wants extra sunny walks. Fun happens outside too.