Sometimes I like what comes out of my pencil better than what comes out of my head. This started out as an exploration of daisies, an ancient and fascinating family of flowering plants (of which sunflowers are a member). So the little flying person was something of a surprise.
These are two of the grandkids. The #Storystorm idea for today was a little more involved, but it took me so long to capture the poses for these two that I left it here.
This was another board book idea. I love board books, but that’s the design side of my brain. The illustration side wanted to do it this way.
Very quick sketch today for an elusive idea. The original will probably work best as a board book, but I wanted to do something more realistic, so the operative word here is “stop.” A tiny sidewalk flower is a good thing to stop for.
Okay, I scared myself with this one, so perhaps not the best picture book idea. It started out to be about not wanting to do chores . . . kind of . . . and morphed into the Revenge of the Laundry Monster.
The first go at this image was not working for me, so here’s a very rough replacement. Closer to the feeling I was after, better energy.
I’ve wanted to give this character a story for YEARS. I would have concentrated on plot and left out the heart if I had tried sooner, so maybe waiting is a good thing!
Apparently I can’t draw cats. I will have to work on that. But since this little guy is so insistent, I’ve decided Day 2’s story would work better with a sad (or angry?) gerbil after all.
It feels good to be drawing again, but I’m rusty. Hoping this challenge will get me back on track. This image is not super powerful, but whenever I can get characters interacting, that’s a win. Not a complete story idea yet by any means . . .
If you participated in Tara Lazar’s wonderful #Storystorm picture book idea challenge this year, Sue Macartney and I invite you to join us for the #sketchsquall challenge to create one sketch per day in February, based on your January #Storystorm ideas!
The aim is to invest some of that “new project” enthusiasm in one image for each idea. Think of it as your visual elevator pitch. It should, hopefully, evoke an emotional response while teasing the story, sort of like that one image you pick for your promo postcards
I found over the years that my usual picture book process of working out the text, then thumbnailing, then dummying, left me with little energy for the art. Putting the . . . er . . . art before the horse is an attempt to capture the spark that got me excited about the idea, RIGHT AWAY. After doing it this way for a couple of years, I also found that trying to get an image down first is a great way to vet which ideas are worth carrying to the next level. [Bonus tip from years of observation: one great image can sell a book! I’ve seen it happen!]
This is an exercise to help you winnow your #Storystorm ideas. It’s just for you. If you feel that posting an image gives too much of your idea away, then don’t! But if you are so inclined, you can post your daily sketch on the platform of your choice, using the #sketchsquall hashtag.
You can see mine here (and scroll down for past #sketchsquall posts), on Instagram (bonnie_adamson) and on Twitter (@BonnieAdamson).