Picture Book Dummy Challenge!
I have been taking part in a challenge issued by the fine folks over at KidLitArt to create and submit a picture book dummy in 25 weeks. The challenge is in its third step right now, where we are tasked to create our character designs. The cool thing about that is that I already have them pretty much finished.
Even though I’m just doing the challenge now, the seeds of this story go back to 2004. I had several false starts with the story and it was originally going to be a 96 page all ages graphic novel. Over the last couple years, the story has morphed and the idea of making it into a picture book instead had become more and more appealing. Then…BAM…this challenge is issued… perfect time to just get this story done and out of my head.
I recently completed the final manuscript for this project and, many drafts later, it is unrecognizable from its original incarnation. It is way better though, in my opinion. I won’t say exactly what it is just yet, but if you’ve been following me for a while you can probably guess what it is.
Below is a sketch I did back in 2010 as part of the 30 Characters in 30 Days Challenge. Here’s the one tease I’ll give for now… the main character is based on this sketch. I’ll post more progress on this project here in the future.