Friday, 14 December 2012

Writing Picture Books: Working on New Stories

Now all my school visits are done (I have one final day next week, but that's it until mid January), I at last have some studio time to get back to my books. I'm still waiting for the 2nd batch of scans of my Swap! artwork to come back from the printer but, in the meantime, I am getting back to work on new stories.

John has proved a great help in generating ideas and brainstorming plots, so this week we got out some story ideas we'd been working up together. We have various projects at various stages. First, we fine-tuned a text that was more or less finished, but not quite right. Then we worked on another story where the idea was there but the details needed sorting out.

Yesterday, I started trying to sketch the ideas. It's always a bit painful when I begin again after a break. Visualising ideas in pencil is a very different job to pastelling artwork and it's been a while since I worked on the design of Swap! 

Which meant yesterday was mostly a day of grumpiness. Hopefully I will have warmed up a bit now and it will be less like pulling teeth. This morning is indeed already going better.

Wish me luck!


Bridget Strevens-Marzo said...

Some of my first sketches are not much bigger than teeth oddly enough. Good luck Lynne and you're lucky to be able to brainstorm ideas together for starters!

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