Monday, 21 September 2009

Illustrating a Picture Book: Refreshed


So, how do things stand? Well, I'm feeling refreshed from a lovely weekend away, at a friend's wedding (held at a youth hostel on the moors!) and I'm ready to get stuck in again.


The bedroom spread finally got finished first thing this morning (phew!), taking more than 3 days in the end. I got within a gnat's whisker on Friday afternoon but, annoyingly, couldn't quite get it done before we had to leave.

The kitchen you last saw as a redrafted rough, is now underway in earnest:


We've already had green, blue and peach coloured walls, so I thought a bright yellow kitchen might be fun. I'm really pleased to have got so far in 1 day, but have had to stop at 6pm, because rain made the light too grim.

From tomorrow morning, I've just 8 working days and 1 weekend until 'D-Day', and that includes a day of mounting and posting (sound effect: sharp drawing in of breath). There is still a fair bit to do, and I will keep you posted, but please bear with me if my posts get thinner and wider apart for a while!

9 comments:

Doug said...

I'm betting that you make that deadline! : )

Jan said...

Wow, it looks fantastic! My Son and I just got one of your books from the library 'Class 3 at Sea'. We're looking forward to reading it.

Victoria Stitch said...

i absolutely LOVE the detail in your drawings!

Claire said...

Wow!

Diane AZ said...

Cute how the cat appears in most of the pictures. It is fascinating to see the work in progress. The bedroom spread turned out terrific!

I Am: Anna Lovely Day said...

Wow! I can't tell you how delighted I am to have received a compliment from you-about one of my paintings. Thank you!
Your blog is wonderful and I look forward to seeing your work in progress.

Kim said...

love the yellow kitchen!!!
and the bedroom spread is absolutely delightful....
good luck with your deadline ;) :)

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks folks! I'm feeling much better today as things have continued to go well - phew!!

nina seven said...

lynne - i just want to say how much i've enjoyed all your posts as your book comes to life. it's been a real treat to watch you work. it's great that you've been able to share, since most publishers want it all to be a big secret until the book comes out. thanks so much, you are so immensely talented. i'm blown away!