Over the years people have encouraged me to do a picture book. I love to paint and I love to write, so why not put those things together? And I’ve wanted to, but I simply haven’t. Other projects have crowded it out, or I’ve started and then given up, overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.
But now I’m in neck-deep. I’m doing it. And I want to share with you what the process has been so far: the ins and outs of creating a book, and in creating it, what’s been good, what’s been okay, and what’s been unexpectedly terrible.
There are several ways to go about publishing a book. I’ve decided to self-publish. This means I’m not submitting my story and art to a publishing company or an art director. I’m not relying on professionals for design input or editing. I’m doing it all myself. Which means I have a lot of work to do. It also means it could look like garbage, and it would be all my fault.
Continue reading creating a picture book: part i – the beginning
It’s finished. This is just a quick photo with my phone- I’ll take it to be photographed next week. I painted over the peacock several times (first it was very peacock-like, and then it was kind of abstract, but the end result seems to be a shrub/peacock hybrid). Honestly, I didn’t know what I was going for, but I’m happy with how it turned out. “Is it a bush? Or is it a peacock?”
Yeah… just because I painted it doesn’t mean I know yet.
Today I started working on the peacock itself. I’m going for a slightly stylized stained-glass look for its leaves/feathers. And I’m not certain whether the eye will stay an eye or whether it will become a gaping shadowed socket. Hmm…
I worked on some background this evening, up behind the wall. These tree trunks probably need to be darkened a little, but it’s good to block it in and get it a little closer to its finished state. You can also see the hedgehog topiary from this angle.
The old internet went down yesterday and it turns out that was a good thing. I needed to work on the site, but I ended up using the time for painting.
Here’s the latest on Ellen and the Peacock. I’ve had fun with this one, even though time to paint has been scarce.
So I’ve been painting. I’ve had this idea of a peacock topiary for a while. This is the initial sketch that I did about a year ago.