I love doing this children's book thing. Knowing that my artwork is helping a child to read is a huge payoff for me and more importantly, for the child. But the financial dividends are small. So I'm diversifying.
I took a few days off from illustrating my book, THE HIDDEN FEAST to pursue an African American tweener property I've been developing. A tween being a child usually between 8 and 12 years old. Tweener properties are very hot now, just take a look at the Bratz, So Girly or Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi. Not a black one in the bunch. My daughter says the Bratz's Sasha is supposed to be African American, but I couldn't tell. My tweener design will be unmistakably African American, fo shizzle! I've been having conversations with Shades of Color, a company which focuses on products featuring African American artist and artwork. This first product will be a 2006 calendar. Currently I am in the beginning stages, that frustrating part where I wait on my people to play phone tag with their people in order to finalize the paperwork. In the meantime, I pull my hair out. I’m losing time and the deadlines won't change.Such is the life on an illustrator.
Meantime, back to sketching my book, currently in a similar situation.