Thursday, March 8, 2012

What I'm Working On

Here's a blurry (instagram'd) version of what's on my desk. I'm currently at a crossroads. I get all squirrely just thinking about it. I had been so confident in my style/process choice for this picture book dummy until yesterday. Now I'm a jiggly mess, unsure of anything. Should I switch to digital? Should I just paint it all over, no collage at all? Should I just finish the digital version I worked on earlier this week? Should I plow forward with what's on my desk, even though there is no CTRL-Z?
I thought working on storyboards for another dummy this morning would clear things up a bit. But that's a different book altogether (a board book, actually) which demands a totally different style/process (I think!?!).
See. I'm a little confused.
I know this happens to all of us at times.
I think it has a lot to do with the pressure of the upcoming NESCBWI conference and being signed up for the Portfolio showcase.
I think I'll just sit down and work, and see what happens this time. Isn't that all we can do? Try. Wait. Distract. Think. Ask others. Try again. And in between, breathe.


Gina Perry said...

See? I predicted this would happen in my post last week. *smackshead*

Hardygirl said...

Well, I think it's adorable!


Alicia Padrón said...

Oh Ggina, we do all go doubts when working. You are not alone. :o)

I am loving what I see already. Not sure how you did it but looks great! I think, if I were you, I would go with a rendering style that I think is fun to do and of course matches the style and feel of the book as well. Try not to think about it too much because things can change later ahead. Just have fun with it and you'll have it ready for the conference.

Remember that a lot can happen after a book is picked up I think and you'll be only finishing a few spreads. What's more important is to have a solid and original book idea and to show how lovely your characters, settings and style are. And you have that! :o)

martinealison said...

Il est bon de retrouver vos oeuvres après plus de 6 semaines d'absence... Je rentre tout juste des Philippines...
gros bisous

Julie Clay Illustration said...

You have a great idea going here. I find if I put the artwork somewhere I'm not expecting to see it, and then keep passing it on occasion, things jump out at me! Things usually come clear as a result? Or sometimes I have a niggly knowing, which is telling me what to do, Gut instinct? Go with it!!! I can't do the digital thing properly as yet, I imagine the possibilities become mind blowing!

Gina Perry said...

Thank you so much, ladies. Welcome back Martine! Julie - you are right. I love when my eye catches something when I'm just milling about.
I'm feeling better about things today. I think I'm close to finishing it up 'old-school' then moving on. Pheww!