Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hoard-IF*


HOARD is a weird word for the week. Perhaps this illo will do. It’s from a picture book story I started a few years ago. After many revisions and even throwing out the entire first manuscript of 800+words, it’s finally ready for a publisher to review. The new text is just over 250words and has a much stronger voice. If I have learned anything, it‘s that I have to be willing to sacrifice my favorite portions of a story in order for it to take on a life of its own and go beyond my original inspiration. A few friends from my critique group had a hard time letting go of the first manuscript’s direction. I had a ton of puns for coffee to punch up the humor, but in this case the text competed with the illos. I had a complete book dummy by that point, and I thought that I would have to start over with new character designs as well. On a whim, I removed all the text and treated it like a wordless picture book and that’s when something rewarding happened. The main character told me the story. I scribbled the words down in the margins of dummy, tweaked them a little, and didn’t miss any of the old text.
And yes, at the moment I’m hoarding the identity of the main character. She’s not there. Maybe I will share her with you next week.




6 comments:

Linda T. Snider Ward said...

love this--and thanks for sharing your creative process. Good luck with the book. It IS very hard to let go of words that we let become too precious--same with art: less is more.

Debra Cooper said...

Your work is so unbelievably fantastic. Visiting your website is just thrilling. Your sketches are awe inspiring. I think I will revisit some of my work to see what I can do to make them better and more believable, to slow down and enjoy the process. Gouache and color pencil are my favorite mediums to work in along with just graphite and I think I need to show that more.

Megan said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing your journey. I'm really enjoying your pictures!

kathy hare said...

what a wonderful drawing, so full of life..

Roberta said...

Love your characters. I always enjoy your work, it's so detailed!

AWells said...

Wow, so much going on! What nice work you do!