Sometimes they start very small. This sketch is actually something I’m looking forward to developing. 🙂
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So this is pretty much the entire #Storystorm idea for day 13. I think it might be fun to develop–maybe as a board book?
This was going to be about Distraction–as a bad thing. How you’re trying to do your best, but keep getting distracted. But as I was sketching, I was keeping an eye on the impeachment trial, with the new, horrific, video evidence. So then it was going to be a child watching tv, and this spirit of distraction trying to protect him. But that was too dark for me. So now there’s a child reading, and the Distraction Monster is more of a happy Imagination figure. Better? I don’t know.
Sometimes the best ideas are the quickest. January 9 was my husband’s birthday, so gifts were on my mind. I always get very anxious over gift-giving–I second-guess my choices and whatever I choose, I’m sure it’s the wrong thing. And then I thought about a child being unsure of a gift, and what I hope I would say: “YOU are the best gift.”
This #Storystorm idea sounded good on paper, but I had a hard time coming up with an image. All that’s left of the original concept is the number on his inner tube, which has absolutely no significance! That’s the point of this challenge, though, and if an image veers off into new territory, that’s fine. 🙂
I was not looking forward to today’s prompt–the idea seemed too pat and a little bit of a dead end. But then this little guy showed up. The story seems to have more possibilities now.
First pass at a new (for me) species. Rockhopper penguins are just so darned adorable. Not sure what the story is . . .
I know I’m not the first illustrator to be charmed by these little critters–such opportunity for color, shape, collage-y, design-y fun!
#sketchsquall Day One
This year’s #Storystorm was difficult–I guess for obvious reasons.It was harder to get into a picture book frame of mind, but Tara Lazar’s wonderful challenge won out, and I have my 30 ideas! Now it’s time to try to pair an image with each idea, in hopes of discovering which have the potential to turn into picture books. Here goes . . .
Day 28: Success!
The #kidlitart28 challenge is over! It’s actually been a great help, although sometimes the “warm-up” sketches, as these were intended to be, pretty much ran away with the day.
I’ve learned that the few NF #Storystorm ideas just didn’t seem to spark any fun image ideas. And that when in doubt, I default to birds: owls, ducks, geese, chickens as well as generic birdies. Who knew?
So now the task is to go back through the #Storystorm list and see which ideas survived intact, which morphed into something worth pursuing, and which should be abandoned for now.
Day 28 is in honor of all the eccentric female relatives I grew up hearing stories about, mostly great aunts and cousins who defied convention in one way or another.