Some people work better with order, some work better with chaos. I am sadly the latter. Wish I could have a clean desk without chocolate wrappers and a calendar that is actually on the right month. I'm terrible. But I am always working somehow!
Step 1. Starts with a doodle- if I draw something of interest it becomes a recurring motif in my sketchbook. This evolves into a character, then a story. This is a natural process, you do the same thing with people watching or overhearing conversations. Art imitates life, so characters are taken from all kinds of people I overhear and remember.
Step 2. Figuring out the story- this is a crazy self loathing time, and I'm never sure. Not much drawing at this stage, just trying to figure out the main message to get across in the undercurrents of everything I want to say.
Step 3. Storyboarding- This for me is the REAL effort- at least for me who has an Illustration degree- not an English one. With limited amount of pages (and my personal agenda for limited amount of text) it's almost like writing poetry. Drawings and pages set the pace, and it takes a while to get it right and make it all fit.
Step 4. Drawing! Loads and loads of sketching to get acquainted with a character. I think this is a long process to coax me into doing the finals which always freaks me out
I feel very lucky to be working with such talent for Flying Eye Books- both bringing such a cool new vibe to Children’s books!