Pardon my long silence, folks - what with holidays, bushfires affecting friends, the tourist season at the gallery, and tens of kilos of fruit from the garden to pick and process, I haven't had any blogging time for over a month. With luck, things will be more relaxed from now on. My best wishes to those affected by the bushfires, and Happy New Year to all.
These pictures are from a picturebook mentorship application that I submitted last week to the Australian Society of Authors, who support authors and illustrators at all stages of their careers. One of their initiatives (supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund) is to offer new authors and illustrators individual guidance from experts in their intended fields for projects under development. I submitted a dummy picturebook called 'The Mystery of the Teapot' - a story set on a tabletop, in which a rat, bird and bee speculate about a mysterious key hidden in a teapot. Does it open the window to the moon, wind the golden clock at the end of the world, or just open the pantry?
|A page from the picturebook dummy|
I discovered that it is a tremendous amount of work to write a picturebook MS, create characters, design a dummy showing what happens on each page (sixteen spreads), and create a piece of finished artwork. Initially I had four characters, one of which was a little fish that carried its bowl around with it (below). Unfortunately, when I came to put the dummy together, I just couldn't fit the fish in. I needed three animals of varying sizes, all of them highly mobile. As everybody liked the fish best, I think I may have to write another book starring a fish!
|Character sketches for 'The Mystery of the Teapot'|