I was originally scheduled to start work on these roughs way back before Christmas, but what with one thing and another, both at my end and at the publishers, we have only just got going again.
In some ways it is hard to pick something up after such a long gap and to get back into it, but in other ways it is very useful, as a bit of distance give you fresh eyes on your project and makes you more flexible to any changes needed.
I originally wrote the story on big sheets, combining text and images in a free-flowing way as ideas came to me and showed these to the publisher, rather than try and formalise them first, which worked well. But picture books are a set length, so now things need tweaking to fit the format.
My editor at Gullane has started the ball rolling, by dividing the text across the pages and roughly pasting in copies of my sketches where she things they work best. I'm now re-working the text slightly, re-drawing here and there and creating any missing images, working towards a proper set of roughs. It's a completely new way of working for me, but so far I'm really liking it.
Once again, I have permission from my publisher to blog the details, so I'll be letting you peek over my shoulder as I get seriously down to work during the next few weeks, just like I did with Bears on the Stairs, Rumble Roar Dinosaur and of course the two new baby books, Baby Goes Baaaaa! and Baby Can Bounce!.