“The Moment Before I Lost My Mom” Kids Book Project. . . CONTINUED

  • What an absolutely beautiful book! I too lost my mother 15 years ago and my heart goes out to you. It is such a painful wound to reopen.

  • Hey @erinrew, thanks, and sorry to hear about your mother. 😞 for sure is a painful wound to reopen indeed.

  • Okay, below is the whole picture book as is currently. The beginning is almost completely fully rendered and colored. But the ending is just some scribbles and rough sketching. Two weeks ago, the ending was completely different. Its been hard starting over on the ending. But thats how this process goes right? Just boiling it down to the good stuff.
    I’m still word-smithing a bit on the actual text too. Any Word-smith people out there with some tips? Comment away! Also any other comments welcome too!

    The art is set up in spreads. So just imagine that there is a gutter in the middle of each spread. Some spreads have an actual line down the middle representing the book gutter.

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    If anyone is interested in seeing what the ending was like before I changed it, here is a link to a video blog where the mock up book is flipped through:

  • @Elizabeth-Rose IT'S SO GOOD! I literally cried, then I watched the youtube video (and cried again, lol). I really like the new ending better but I think I'm going to have to come back again later (when I'm less emotional) to give you feedback, lol. Seriously beautiful!!!

  • @Elizabeth-Rose I am in tears. What a beautiful story that will speak to so many! This book has to be made it will reach so many, young and old!

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    @Elizabeth-Rose This is beautiful and incredibly moving. I especially love the "not the end". The finished art is incredible and so soft, really fitting. What you have here is I think what every artist and author aspire to do: share and communicate our authentic emotions in a way that everyone can understand and feel a part of what we're feeling too.

  • @Tiffany-Thomas Awe! I reckon it's the book of tears. I can't say how many times I've cried too. I know there are still many tears to come. Healing tears. Looking forward to having you on this journey.

    Awe! Thanks @erinrew, It's going to be a crazy journey seeing how this project unfolds. I truly hope it does help many. Lord, knows its helped me.

    Thanks @NessIllustration, I love your work, and its wonderful hearing your thoughts. Yes, it's strangly a dream come true in many ways. Very redemptive.

  • Week three of the Art challenge! Boy has it been challenging too. I've been trying to set aside 3 hours a day, 5 days a week to working on the book project. I had to do a lot of catch up this week cause I didn't reach my goal last week. Here are some coloring updates.

    Got two new spreads colored, and tweaked some old colored spreads to update the colors with the new colors. Also redrew the squirrels in the original drawing of mama and baby squirrel in the bedroom (Now they don't look so much like goats!). Worked on the ending a lot this past week. Ended up adding another spread. Now up to 44 pages for this book! But the ending flows really good now. I'll post later on the updates of the ending.

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  • Here are the last three spreads that I’ve changed the wording on. I felt like all the extra words before made the ending seem rushed. So the middle spread is the newly added spread. And the ending of the story divided up on those three final spreads. Open to any comments, tips or suggestions 🙂

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  • This is so beutiful! I started to cry when i read it. (And I havn´t even lost a parent) The feeling in your art with the easy to read words. ❤

  • Awe! Thanks @Sara-Nilsson, that was something I wondered about too. If this story would only effect people who have lost a loved one. That is so encouraging to hear 🙂

  • This is all so beautiful and perfect. The art is exactly hope through tears, you nailed it.
    I’ve had some moment in my art journey lately when I’ve cried because I just wish I could show my Mom.
    I really think your Mom would have been so proud of this and you. ❤

  • @HeatherBouteneff Awe, Thanks! I feel you, there have been many times I’ve wished I could show my mom my accomplishments and my creative projects. Just wanting a smile and a “Im so proud of you,” from her. Thanks again Heather, your kind words are filling my heart.

  • Finished drawing out this piece today. I ended up changing the composition to this layout cause I loved how the willow tree leaves flowed around the words. And actually, the very original thumbnail I did for this spread was the same composition and layout as the finished drawing, but I had switched it up in the rough sketch cause I thought showing the hill on the first half of the spread would help connect the prior page to this one (which is the spread of the squirrel walking up the hill to the grave stone). But in the end I decided it wasn’t worth it. I’m pretty happy with the switch 🙂



  • This is so beautiful!

  • Wow, this is absolutely stunning and soft and yup, made me cry too. Grief is so tough, having a gentle voice that understands it and shares it is amazing .

  • Thanks @erinrew!

    Awe thanks for the kind words @KayPotter! It has for sure been a struggle keeping the story simple. So much switching and tweaking. Goodness 🙂

  • Got this one colored up this week! The first drawing below is the very first inspiration sketch from July of 2019, then below that is the thumbnail I ended up choosing with the help from the amazing artist here on this forum! Then the full drawing and the full color. Still needs a few tweaks and clean up though.


  • @Elizabeth-Rose So beautiful!!!!!

  • Got this one drawn out this weekend. I really like how it turned out. I’m really excited to color this one too.
    I only have two more weeks left for the art challenge, and I still have 8 more spreads to finish. I’m starting to wonder if I’ll be able to finish it in time. Fingers crossed!


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