Monday, February 12, 2007
What I'm working on
Currently, I'm working on my 2008 tweener calendar. My goal is to complete the art by the end of this week, though that's fairly ambitious. Each page typically takes about two days to illustrate. There's the cover, 12 illustrations for each month, and two additional pages.
Above are some of the reference materials I'm using for inspiration about what teenage girls wear. Seventeen, Tiger Beat, Vibe. Mostly, the calendar is meant to appeal to girls.
But the publisher and I had discussed the possibility of making it more appealing to boys. I just don't know if that's possible. It's fashion. Fingernails. Hair. Earrings. Purses. It has a girly feel that won't appeal to boys. Well, most boys. We've decided to keep it a girly product. Maybe next year, I'll pitch the idea of a calendar for boys.
The biggest challenge: this is a niche product. Niche products either make a lot of money, or none at all. After agent commission, I don't make much on this. Some people do what they do because they love doing it. I do what I love doing because I got bills to pay. Because-I-love-doing-it is a second consideration. Next year, I'll need to rethink this. I love the idea of providing a product for African American girls that's just not available elsewhere.
Somewhat unrelated observation while perusing teen magazines: Am I wrong, but I thought the Cheetah girls were an African American targeted, Jump at the Sun, celebrating black culture, tweener property. So, what happened?