It’s hard to believe we’re already more than halfway through June! Things are hop-pening as I bounce between many projects every day. Here’s the latest.
Do You Have a Pebble in Your Pocket?: Met with the author last week to review rough drafts. No major compositional changes are needed–hooray! The author also explained her vision for the artwork, which was helpful as I finalize the spreads before painting. Consequently, I borrowed some field guides from the library to research what plants, animals, etc., I could incorporate. Learning about regional wildlife is fun, too.
Alice Moran: After a lot of sketching and rethinking the composition, I’m ready to start painting.
Cartage: My graphic short story project (“graphic” as in “graphic novel,” and “visual,” not “gory”). If you’re wondering what a graphic short story is, good question! It doesn’t actually exist as a genre yet. I came up with the idea 2 1/2 years ago and recently resumed figuring out just how it works. Last month, I submitted Cartage (text only) to a short story contest; in the meanwhile, I decided to move the art part along–currently designing characters and learning to draw a Mojave Wrangler. It doesn’t look like this. =)
Other Story Endeavors: Completed a rough draft of a children’s book about a seagull and a spoon, which has turned into a bit of an odd bird (the book, not the spoon–the seagull is already an odd bird). It could either end up demonstratively quirky for elder children or significantly reduced for younger ones. Or both. We’ll see where, if, and when it goes. For those of you who are familiar with the event that sparked this story, yes, the spoon is plastic and orange.
Additionally, I’m working on plot outline for a new script and revisiting some John Churchmouse; once some other projects are nearer completion, it’ll be his turn again to hop on the scene.
Hop, hop, and away!
I will be very interested to see where the seagull-spoon story leads. It could have a variety of paths / entanglements beyond the little that we saw / experienced / knew of when it happened however many years ago. Sounds like a fun adventure! I wonder, do seagulls build any sort of nests like many other birds. If so, how might a seagull use a plastic spoon in that process?
If you would like, I could send you a picture of an orange plastic spoon. I still have a set of the orange plastic in my eclectic collection of knives, forks, and spoons.
Have fun with this and all of your other projects.
Lots of love,
To my knowledge, seagulls generally build nests on rocky outcroppings or right on the ground and usually are just a ring of vegetation–grasses, reeds, etc.
A picture of the orange plastic spoon would be fantastic. Please send one along!