Thursday, April 26, 2007
Years ago, before my first trade picture book deal, I gave Brian Pinkney a call, asked his advice about how to get published. We discussed many things, but the best advice he gave me was to work all my paintings, an entire book, at the same time. Makes for consistent color matching from page to page. Believe it or not, when I started out (doing a lot of educational work), I’d paint one image at a time, remixing colors from one illustration to the next.
I still don’t work an entire book all at once. I’ve tried. Depresses me. Feels like I’m not getting anything accomplished. At the end of the day, I need to see that I’ve made progress. I need to finish some paintings along the way, so I work 4 to 6 pieces at a time.
In the picture above, I’m finishing up the first painting for the inside of the book, FARMER. I had prepared 6 boards to paint, but once I started blocking color in on the first, I couldn’t stop. Entranced. I enjoyed painting this scene so much — cerulean blue sky, pinkish clouds, green earth — I just kept going. It was a moment of zen that lasted a day-and-a-half. Though I love writing, I think I enjoyed painting this scene much more than I would have writing about it.
I have a school visit tomorrow (middle school, college prep), so I won’t be able to continue on the others until the weekend.
I like how these are turning out, and I’m enjoying the process.
In other news: The wife and I will run another 10k this weekend, The Texas Roundup. Problem is, I think my bronchitis is returning. Hope I'm wrong.