September is just around the corner, and the anticipated projected release of A New Adventure, A New Name is quickly approaching. I am busy working on final illustrations when I can, and should be done in just a couple of weeks.
However, I think I may have not thought this project through enough when I began, and it’s giving me troubles.
Before you start to worry, no, I’m not wishing I hadn’t taken this project on. I’m loving it, and am eagerly awaiting working with RV on the rest of the books. Instead I’m regretting some of my illustration choices when I was working on all the initial sketches and other drafts of the pictures.
Most of the pictures have cute and fun things to draw, like this:
Other pages have not so fun things to draw, like this:
In case you were wondering, that is a pile of rope. It will take up about a third of one of the illustrations. It’s not crucial to the story, just something I thought would be a nice addition to the picture.
You see, my thought process went something along these lines:
“Hey look, there’s empty space that needs filling! What can I put there? Hmm…let’s see…it’s a boat, and what would boats have in this general area? I know! Rope! Let’s put a pile of rope here and it’ll be fantastic! Yes! Brilliant!”
Let’s just say rope is not the easiest or fastest thing to draw. Note to self: less rope in Book 2 if possible!
It does look pretty amazing when it’s drawn, though, and will look even better when colored, and that makes it all worthwhile.