Working on a picture book takes time -- lots of time -- for everyone involved: author/illustrator, agent, editor, art director, book designer, marketing team, etc. It is a VERY collaborative effort so publication dates mean a whole lot to many, many people.
August 7th is pub date for Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear (Yay!), so I thought I would use this month to talk a bit more about the making of the book. In an earlier post I talked about story development and working on storyboards. Now let's talk a bit about character development: working on poses, expressions, colors, etc.
I typically have a lot of pieces of paper with small drawings and studies for each character, color combinations, etc. I need to write things down, otherwise I may not remember how to maintain the same color scheme. I paint the pages out of sequence, so I will usually need to recreate the same color used days or weeks before and -- believe me -- it's easy to forget. If something works, write it down. There are happy accidents, and sometimes you want to make sure you can make them happen again.
Next time, I'll be discussing working on a page from storyboard to final painting. See you soon!