I'm late in my post, but this is what I celebrated last week. I wasn't as productive as the week before, but I drew a few more preliminary sketches for my children's book. I've decided to draw everything out first before I put anything to paint because I've wasted a lot of time and supplies going right into the final painting, then changing things around again.
I already did sketches for the whole book, but this time I'm drawing them closer to what I plan to be the "final" look. That way I can just copy what I drew instead of constantly changing things and making unnecessary marks on my nice watercolor paper. Now I'm tweaking body positions to make the drawings more interesting because when I look back at my old drawings, I'm finding problems with them or they're not as strong as they could be. I put a check mark under the drawings I decide to use in the finals because I'm drawing so many different versions.
I'm already thinking of my next picture book even though I haven't even finished this one. I don't even know what it's going to be about, but there is a certain feeling I want it to provoke. I'm not sure what feeling that is, but it's something like nostalgia. Something sweet and thought provoking. Something that stirs up warm, fuzzy feelings or takes you to a fantastical world. Not scary or funny, but something that leaves you with a smile. I guess it's different for everyone, but Isabelle Arsenault's work does that for me. That's what I want to achieve someday. She's my inspiration for the picture book I hope will come out of me.
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