I sit here knee-deep in pencil shavings, my neck is stiff and my bum is numb! My biggest challenge with illustrating Sugar Goes to the Fair is making my characters look animated I seem to have a problem with movement. I look at other picture books with envy as they capture the action perfectly. I have to ask myself is it just my style? Can I teach myself to loosen up?
Today I sat down and started drawing dancing calves and kittens. I still have a long way to go but you know what? I don’t care! I am learning the ropes. If people say writing and illustrating a picture book is easy I would like to meet them and rub their ears off with my giant eraser.
Like the writing craft, my artwork needs practice, flexing those fingers, and using my kid memories, yes I never lost that feeling of what it was like being a child, thankfully. All this scratching and scribbling is not in vain, although mostly drafts, until I am lucky enough to find a publishing house that will like my stuff. Which could take a very long, long, LONG (cobwebs and wrinkles) time. SO, I may as well just go ahead and sharpen my skills, pass me another Cadbury Dairy Milk slab the size of my dining room table, grab a strong coffee and we are good to go!
My manuscript has come a long way. I must say a big thanks to the book and Author that kept me on target. I will keep it under my pillow to treasure forever.
Childwrites by Emma Mactaggart and edited by Ainsley Shepherd.
Best buy in a long while. I have smashed my way through the writing process and the very same book now gives me some tips on illustrating my way to the finish line and then every other little detail you need for publishing, promotion and resources.
Go to http://www.childwrites.com.au if you have an interest in writing picture books or your child has an interest in writing picture books. They also have a fantastic program for schools. Stay tuned for my interview with Emma from Childwrites in the coming weeks.
I must also thank my Beta readers for feedback and encouraging me to keep at it, you know who you are and I am in your debt.
Susan Call Hutchison http://sch-editor.com you are an amazing editor and I thank you for your time and talents and our special friendship from across the seas. Check out Susan’s website if you need a fantastic editor.
Share your stories here, what are you refining, what new skill are you learning. We are always learning something, tell me about your experiences. Oh! And enjoy my dancing animals.