In this video I do a lot of drawing and painting and talking about artwork and making children’s books as I create the final artwork for the image I prepared as a rough in the previous video
My Editor, Janet, loved the sketches I sent her and now it is a race against time to finish the artwork for the print deadline. I need to paint at least eight images a day, preferably more. It doesn’t help that Mrs Rayner is going away for a week and I have to spend a day in London and we have builders in, who I have to lease with, and cook supper for my aged Mother and go shopping for her and me and my son… but I will get there in time, even if I have to work late in the evenings. It’s part of the “Glamour” of being an illustrator.
Actually, that sounds like the title of a video blog!
Like Professor Frankatstein, I’ve finally relaunched and brought back to life my Scaredy Cats Kickstarter Campaign. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/Scaredy-Cats
You will see that the cat on the cover design has changed from the previous version. This was the main thing that worried me before. I think this hand-drawn version is much better for the book and goes better with the Illustrations inside.
I learned such a lot from the campaign that I cancelled in May. Mainly that old-world publishing does not fit well with Kickstarter. I was asking for an element of an advance – as I would expect from a traditional publisher – to pay for my time while making the book.
I realise now that the “risk” should be much more on my shoulders. So I’ve been working away at the book ever since, and it is almost ready to go to the printers.
Meanwhile, I found yet another story that didn’t make it into a book – Hide and Seek – that was hidden away on my hard drive. I’m giving it away as soon as anyone chooses to make a pledge for the campaign.
I hope you will find the new, streamlined rewards that I have devised quite irresistible! They will make a wonderful and individual gift for someone’s Christmas, Birthday or Holiday Celebration.
I look forward to sending you your books and goodies soon.