If you missed Part One, read it here before reading on.
Before I go forward, I'm going to go back, just briefly. You see, I've talked about how afraid I have been to take a real step toward illustrating a children's book. But here's something funny:
I used to be afraid to write fiction!
I wrote poetry. That was where I was comfortable. I even enjoyed writing research papers in school (I know--weird!). But the few times I tried to write fiction in school, the stories turned out to be total flops. So, once I was done with school, I was done with fiction.
Until I ventured just a little bit out of my comfort zone when my husband and I became volunteer youth group leaders. I began writing Bible study lessons, short stories with Biblical themes, articles for the newsletter, short plays, and before I realized what had happened, I was writing fiction. Did I ever think I would write a novel? No. But I did. Three of them.
It hasn't been all that different for my art. Each little step out of my comfort zone has brought me closer to my goal of illustrating a children's book. In the past, I have ventured near that figurative ledge, doing preliminary sketches and doodles like these:
But I've never dared to take the plunge. Until now.
I chose my book ONE LONE LEAF, which is an autumn/Halloween themed counting book. I'm starting simple, with the very first page. I've got the sketch done, the image transferred to a linoleum block, and I've started the next step--carving.
Here is the preliminary sketch for this illustration:
My plan is to take this project one scene at a time. I would love to eventually sell ONE LONE LEAF and the illustrations as a package. But if the book sells without the pictures, that's okay too. This is only the beginning.