Saturday, July 12, 2008

After many a cross thought

I settled in to working again on Starlight and trying to see it anew. Muttering useful things under my breath about publishers not looking at work properly and waiting 4 months to come back and ask for it all to be changed I pulled out a layout pad, something I have never used before, and tried to work again on making a character for the book. The roughs in posts below show the development.
I emailed the sketches to James and we talked at length and it was like getting the best crit you could ever have, the kind of thing I had hoped art college would be like but never was. He is so excellent a person to work with.
Then it was time to wait again, having emailed the sketches to the publisher. So I started painting a dragon. Tell me a Dragon is about 2 years, maybe 3, behind its delivery date, partly because Snow leopard stepped in and was published before it. Now I have to finish all the art for Dragon by October which means a dragon a week. So I painted dragons and waited to hear and then on return from walking the dogs one morning had a very positive phone message from the publisher saying yes, much better and thank you.
And it is much better, more confident, and I wasn't going to tell them that. So now all I have to do is try and translate the sketches into finished art. And finish the dragon.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Good advice

The day got worse and worse as all confidence flew out of the window, so in the evening I took Celia's advice and went for a walk with the cat.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Black holes in the blogosphere

Well, word has come from the publisher re spreads so far and cover idea and the answer is.....back to the drawing board. Oh dear. So, the next few weeks will see how this project progresses, if indeed it does, and if it doesn't then be prepared for the blog to become a black hole in the blogosphere as it is deleted.