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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Backwards or not...

I am working on a new children's story. This time I am trying something a bit different. I worked on the illustrations as a whole before I even began writing the copy.

When I was working on my new felted dolls [to appear later] the feeling of the character started coming out of the doll. And as I felted away, I was telling stories in my head about the doll. So it gave me the notion that perhaps I should try creating a visual storyline first, and create the words around that. In my last stories I wrote all the copy first.

So far, I've done all the first draft b/w visual spreads. I had the story idea in my head before starting, but really let the art help me develop the details of the story/plot. I'm finding it is helping me not rush as much, and I feel like I am taking more time to try and develop the characters.

The main character is an artist donkey that leaves the city life for country life, and the challenge she faces as an outsider, and as being seen as a bit 'strange' to the country folk. The other main character is an old mouse who acts as her friend and mentor.

It's a completely true story.


Debbie said...

What a charming story! I would love to read it when you have it done.

Cathy said...

The first page is so captivating I can't wait to read the rest!

Mare said...

I love it! :)

Amy Schimler-Safford said...

This is looking good Katherine, can't wait to see it as it develops - and your new felted dolls. Love the art supply filled wagon.

Leticia said...

Love your sketches. What a sweet book this will be.

coloredsock said...

hey girl! i just got back and finally checking back in with friends. i just had zero time while i was away...glad to see you playing with more stories and in a new way for you! can't wait to see/hear what happens!! let's talk soon! xojenny

CountryMouse said...

Just wanted to say a quick hello - found your blog today and am looking forward to reading more.
your drawings are lovely. I look forward to hearing more about your book.
I love donkeys - they are my absolute favourite animal and my dream would be to own a donkey sanctuary ..
Look forward to hearing more about all your animals.

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