Ok, I know what you're thinking. Don, are you really doing all those things you claim to be doing? The answer is, yes — though, I haven't entirely completed a dog-gone thing. In the last couple of weeks, I've worked on a YA verse novel; completed thumbnail sketches for FARMER, a Christian picture book; started revising artwork for ZOOM, a pop-up novelty book; and completed spec art for a children's bible. And now I'm onto something else — my own picture dummy book.
Last night, before I went to bed, my son played with a toy metal airplane. As he did, a fun caricature of him popped into my head. Quickly, I sketched it out having no idea what, or if, I'd do anything with this sketch. I just loved it though —long gangly body balancing a big block head, ever so cautious that it might topple off his shoulders and break something accidentally.
When I woke up this morning, I had a picture book in my head, starring that caricature. Since the wife had left early to teach a Sunday school class (we didn't race as planned), and, since K was still asleep, I grabbed a handful of paper out of the laser printer, plopped myself down on the bed and started sketching out a story. Reminded me of when Jan Peck told me about how she sometimes writes early in the morning, with her eyes half closed.
Later this week, if I can find some extra time, I hope to take the story a step further, tighten up the sketches and story line. My critique group meets in a couple of weeks — I think — so, I’ll submit sketches along with words.
In other news: I have a loooooong week ahead of me. With elections on Tuesday, I'll have to work a late shift at my full-time gig, reporting on election results — uhhhhhh! The good thing, I'll get to spend the entire day — 8 to 5 — working on book cover designs for ZOOM. The bad thing, when I go into work, I'll be be creating maps, charts and senate diagrams till 2-o'clock in the morning.