Recently I have been working on my next children's book. As an artist, visions of what the art for the picture book will look like comes to me easy. Ideas and concepts for new books also come easy to me in a similar manner; I have lots of ideas! However, actually writing the stories and flushing out my ideas usually takes up more of my time. I can flush out an idea and write out a concept, but it doesn't always read or flow well.
I currently have a few picture book ideas that I am working on. The great think about being creative and having all these ideas is deciding what happens and also creating the artwork as well. I see how the illustrations are going to look in my mind and it gets me really excited to write.
Here are some drawings that I finished using watercolors in preparation for upcoming kids books.
Here's a drawing I created the other day. Although this isn't setup in true comic strip form, I think you get the idea. Instead of using multiple frames, I am working with one frame.
This is a classic example of what you can expect moving forward. Last week I turned to my lovely wife and said, "I need a massage."
Her caring reply, "that's out of your tax bracket"; was quite humorous and another reason why I love her.
See the drawing now...
Chess is a game of strategy and mindfulness. Keeping tracking of your and your opponents every move can be incredibly hard. Every month will create a new number of possible moves and outcomes. Only the best of the best can calculate and factor what might happen 10 moves from now. For the majority of players, we are looking at 2-3 possible scenarios but this will be reflected in how much experience one has.
I love creating art and I love playing chess. One of my goals is to make people laugh and bring more smiles to the world. I want to make the world a happier place.
If you like chess then you are probably going to like this drawing I created. It's called "Pawnzie Scheme".
Meet The Bugs.
What are "The Bugs" you ask? They are a couple of characters I created a little while ago. They are similar to bugs you might typically think of like ants, or spiders but are more intelligent and are like humans in this sense.
I am using these characters and starting a weekly -sometimes biweekly- comic strip about relationships. This comic strip will illustrate and discuss funny and unique conversations one might have in their conversations. Some might be topical and other will be completely random.
Here is what they look like:
I have been doing a lot of writing lately and I wanted to practice a few different styles of writing to get myself out of my comfort zone. The other day I decided to write a Haiku Poem.
I love to challenge myself and learn new or old skills. I haven't written a Haiku since high school and I have been out of college for ten years! Yikes! So, I thought this would be a great challenge for me to practice an old skill - although it's been so long it felt like learning
a new skill.
The first thing I did was research, What is a Haiku poem?
If you are looking for children's book illustrators, there is a good chance you have written or have a rough draft for a kids book. Maybe you just have an idea. That's great! You have taken the next step in becoming a published or self-published author! Flushing out your concept and actually writing your idea down on paper can be a tedious process. Not to mention the polishing and creating revision after revision!
You've invested a lot of time and effort into your story so far, I know because I have gone through it and I am currently going through the process again right now.
There are literally tons and tons of children's book illustrators at your disposal thanks to the internet. That said, the process of sifting through and finding children's book illustrators can be an arduous task.
How do you find an illustrator for your children's book?
Lately I have been doing a lot of what I love to do, I have been getting away from the computer, picking up the pencil and doing some good old fashioned sketching! I am excited about this because I don't necessarily always draw as I am working on other projects, creating digital graphics or maybe painting.
I have been finding myself back to the old sketch pad and spending time on new characters. Part of the reason why I have been prioritizing this is because I have been writing more stories for future kids books and I need to create characters to go with those books. It has been a lot of fun taking the time to draw and allowing myself to explore new ideas.
Here are a few recent sketches I have created:
As you may know, last year I published my first children's book Addison's Starfish Adventure and it's been a great learning experience through and through.
One of the things I wish I had done to help with my launch was hire a product photographer. Having high quality product photography is critical in today's world. Yes, I took my own product shots and they came out okay. But sometimes the lighting is off and I don't have a controlled area that professional product photographers do.
I recently went back and had a product photographer take photos of my book. Here are the results from the photo shoot.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
― John C. Maxwell
I've been creating art in some form or another all my life and it's what I love to do.