I think I may prefer to use thumbnail sketches more often than other artists. I'm old school. Whenever I mention thumbnails to younger artists, they're like, "thumbnail what?"
Today I submitted character studies and thumbnail sketches of Duke to my publisher, and now I'm considering the best use of my time. I could work up tighter sketches for Duke while I wait for feedback. But that might not be a good idea.
I could jump right into research and character studies for Effa. Finding pictorial reference for this book is, I think, gonna be trickier than it has been for Duke. I'd love to make a trip to Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame Museum. But a brotha doesn't have that kinda money right now after two summer vacations.
I've waited anywhere from a couple days to eight months for feedback from editors and art directors on thumbnail sketches. Believe it or not, I've had eight month delays at the thumbnail sketch stage on two books in the last four years, so it's not uncommon. Stuff happens.
My preference would be to begin final sketches for Duke next week. It would be best while the research materials are fresh in my mind (and laid out flat on my drawing board). It usually takes about 45 days for me to sketch a book. If I could completely have Duke sketched by mid September, then I could give Effa my full attention in October through December. I'd paint both books, back to back, finishing them by spring of next year.
Course my licensing rep would like for me to squeeze in a project or two also, and I could use the money. And I do need to revise a chapter for a writing project due to my critique group . . . Yikes! . . . tomorrow.
In other news: I'm now on slate to participate in The Hill Country Book Festival and for a full day visit at the grand opening of the Neyland Public Library in Corpus Christi on Saturday, September 6th!